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Point Pelee
for Solo euphonium with piano accompaniment (also available for Solo trumpet)
by Howard Cable

Point Pelee is the second movement of Ontario Pictures, one of six pieces for concert band that premièred July 1, 1986 at the Canada and Ontario Pavilions at Expo 86 in Vancouver. Funded by the Ontario Arts Council, the Northdale Concert Band commissioned each of six composers to create a six-minute work to mark the International Year of Canadian Music. Each composer was requested to create an entertaining piece appropriate for national and heritage events—to provide melodic, festive, and accessible music to foster the atmosphere of a celebration.

Ontario Pictures quickly became a concert favourite with audiences and players alike, and in 1995 composer Cable rescored the piece for brass band. He conducted the Hannaford Street Silver Band at the première of the brass band arrangement in 1995’s Festival of the Sound, in Parry Sound, Ontario. Upon hearing the piece in rehearsal, Hannaford solo cornetist Stuart Laughton asked Cable to arrange the middle movement, Point Pelee, for solo trumpet and piano.

Here Point Pelee has been translated to a lyrical solo for euphonium evoking images of a quiet stroll through the Point Pelee bird sanctuary on the shores of Lake Erie. The euphonium part is provided for treble clef and bass clef.

Approximate Duration 2'30"
Grade 5
Solo part and piano $8.00

Composer’s Notes

Composer’s Notes on Point Pelee
At Point Pelee, the southernmost point of the Canadian mainland, one can find the quiet calm that leads to a oneness with nature. And there are millions of birds to give the tranquillity a twinkle. It is the perfectly peaceful place, and that is what dictates the form. The joining of sunlit, multi-coloured foliage with shining water suggests a warm afternoon Solo Euphonium, surrounded by piano filigree.

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Instrumentation for Point Pelee
The quantity of parts provided in complete set is shown in the right-hand column. Extra scores for competition purposes and additional individual instrument parts may be ordered separately.

Notes regarding instrumentation:
1. Treble clef and bass clef parts are provided.

Solo euphonium

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