House of the Rising Sun, a traditional melody
arranged by Neal Corwell


Instrumentation: solo euphonium, trombone, or tuba with CD accompaniment
Copyright: 2001
Duration: 4:45
Range: D to a-1 (or up to optional high note of e-2 for euph/trb)
Range is approximately one octave lower for tuba version.
The soloist is given much flexibility regarding octaves.
Difficulty: III-IV
Publisher: Nicolai Music
Price: $20 (includes accompaniment CD and printed music with acc. cues)

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Other Info: premiered by Dr. Corwell during Fall 2001 tour of several Michigan universities.

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For this arrangement, Dr. Corwell pays homage to the Blues and Folk origin of the song,
House of the Rising Sun, which was popularized in the 1960s by the British rock band known as “The Animals”.

After a leisurely introduction and two contrasting lyrical statements of the theme, a syncopated and forward-driving accompaniment provides support for two spirited choruses of the tune. The arranger has provided a challenging “improvised” solo for this section of the piece. This notated solo may be performed as written, or embellished, or simplified, to match the playing level and personal preference of the soloist. Chord symbols are provided for this portion of the piece, in case the soloist wishes to depart from the written part entirely. It should also be noted that various octave options are notated in the tuba version of the solo part to accommodate tubas of varying keys, and tubists of various skill levels. Because so much flexibility is offered, this arrangement is suitable for nearly everyone.

The accompaniment consists primarily of recorded acoustic guitar (performed by Dr. Corwell), but a brass choir of trombones and trumpets (also performed by Neal, not synthesized!) enters to support the soloist during the final chorus. A “fat” synthesized bass (the only non-acoustic voice heard in the entire arrangement) also enters at this point, to add even more body to the sound during the final push toward the coda. The ensemble then fades away, leaving only guitar and soloist to quietly state the theme one final time.