This brassy marvel, developed in the 1800s, first looked kind of serpentine! It is known to be well-sounding and sweet-voiced. A key player in wind ensembles, it figures prominently in bands in England, and is also very popular in Japan BUT is almost completely absent from any orchestral works! Interlochen, Michigan actually hosts an annual international festival named after Leonard Falcone who served as Director of Bands at Michigan State and popularized this little-known instrument.
(Badge Image: from the Anime Hibike! Euphonium)
Want to listen to an entire album of solos performed by Professor Falcone? Check one out on Youtube Here!
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