Endearing Young Charms, a traditional melody
with variations written by Simone Mantia
(1873-1951)
arranged by Neal Corwell

Instrumentation (3 versions):
1: “encore” version for euphonium solo w/piano
2: “encore” version for euphonium solo w/band
3: “encore” version for euphonium solo w/band
4: “full” version for solo euphonium solo with low brass quartet.
Note: the accompanying quartet for version 4 may consist of trombones or euphoniums or any combination thereof, and the bottom part is designed to work well if performed by bass trombone or tuba.
Copyright: 2006 for “full” version, 2011 for “encore” versions
Duration: 5:31 for “full” version, 3:00 for “encore” version
Range: for soloist is FF to f-2 (FF to c-2, with reduced ossia range)
Difficulty: IV-V
Publisher: Nicolai Music
Prices: $10 for solo with piano (short “encore” version)
$20 for tuba-euphonium quartet (“full version”, score & parts incl.)
$20 for solo with CD (short “encore” version)
$45 for solo with band (short “encore” version, score and parts included)
Recorded by: Neal Corwell, euphonium (Out Sitting in His Field CD, Nicolai Music). This recording is of the “encore” version.
Other Info: All versions were premiered by Dr. Corwell. The full version, accompanied by low brass quartet, was first performed during January 2006 at The Annual US Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Conference. The “encore” version with band was premiered July, 2011 with the Hagerstown Municipal Band in Hagerstown, Maryland. And during Fall of 2011, Corwell, accompanied by his wife Kathryn, gave the first performance of the encore version at the British Army School of Music in Twickenham, England.

Endearing Young Charms is a staple of the euphonium repertoire, an old “war horse” solo that has been popular with audiences for over a century. Having performed the work for decades, Dr. Corwell recently created a few different renditions to fit varied performance situations, and these are all available from Nicolai Music.

Four accompaniment options are offered (piano, low brass quartet, CD, or band), and two versions of the solo are available. The “full” version is accompanied by a 4-part low brass quartet and contains a brief introduction and all the variations found in Mantia’s original version of the piece. The accompanying quartet for this “full” version may consist of all trombones or euphoniums or any combination thereof. The bottom part is designed to work especially well if performed by bass trombone or tuba, and yet another option is to use a tuba/euphonium quartet to cover the four accompanying parts.

The “encore” version (accompanied by piano CD, or band) begins with a highly embellished and cadenza-like presentation of the theme (Neal’s rendition of Mantia’s 2nd variation), and then quickly transitions into the finale, to include a brief cadenza before the final chords.