Medium: Euphonium w/ Percussion Ensemble (9)
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Difficulty: Grade 5
Bells & Crotales
Marimba 1 (4.3-octave)
Marimba 2 (5-octave)
Percussion 1 (4 Timpani, Sizzle Cymbal, Triangle, Mark Tree)
Percussion 2 (4 Concert Toms, Snare Drum, Log Drums, Ride Cymbal, Suspended Cymbal, Tam-Tam)
Percussion 3 (Tam-Tam, Concert Bass Drum, Kick Bass Drum laid flat
Also available for Euphonium & Vibraphone/Marimba
Dr. Brian Meixner, euphonium | HPU Percussion Ensemble
Dr. Nathan Daughtrey, conductor
Spitfire was inspired by the British fighter planes of the same name used by the Royal Air Force and several other countries during World War II. Designed as a short-range, high-performance interceptor aircraft, the Supermarine Spitfire was one of the fastest planes in service during the war. The quick moto perpetuo nature of the composition was an attempt to capture the speed and excitement of this historic plane. The word spitfire is also used to describe a quick-tempered or highly excitable person, which is also appropriate.
Spitfire was originally written for Dr. Brian Meixner for performance at the Southeast and Northeast Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conferences (SERTEC & NERTEC). Dr. Meixner and the composer performed the world premiere of the work on March 15, 2013 at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL as part of SERTEC. It was originally conceived as a duet for euphonium and marimba/vibraphone.