The Folks Along the Road
for Euphonium and Brass Band
Gustav Řistensen Aaberg
The Folks Along the Road is a work that demonstrates the capabilities of the euphonium. The piece itself is a quasi-fantasia on the well-known traditional English Blaydon Races, hailing from the North of England, and includes quotations from the famous euphonium solo by Gordon Langford, as well as quotations from other well-known works for brass band. The title of the piece is taken from the original text of the song, written by Geordie Ridley in the 1860s. This work is commissioned by and dedicated to this soloist.
Gustav Řistensen Aaberg (born 1978) from Fluberg, Norway started playing the euphonium at the age of 9. In 1998, he moved to the UK to study the euphonium and composition at the University of Salford. He has had works performed, published and performed both in the United Kingdom and Norway and received the Kirklees Music Award for his work Hymn to the Highway in 2003. Gustav studied the euphonium with Morgan Griffiths and Glyn Williams, composition with Professor Peter Graham, and arranging with Professor Peter Graham and Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen.
Fundamental Music was established in October 2005. ‘Fundamental’ came up when I was searching for anagrams to the name of my son, Amund Flaten. ‘Fundamental’ is indeed a perfect anagram to his name, thus giving the word a strong personal meaning and association. For me, music is also a fundamental aspect of my life.
The Tormod Flaten Solo Series features the first published works on Fundamental Music and it consists solely of arrangements and compositions for euphonium. Most of the titles are recorded on my CD’s Flight, Norwegian Euphonium and with seven tracks from the latest album From the Deep we continue to bring out quality music in this series.