Concerto for Euphonium, with Brass Quartet and Brass Band. Dedicated to Glenn Van Looy
BECH is a concerto by Swiss composer Ludovic Neurohr, commissioned by Glenn Van Looy as part of his studies toward his Doctorate at Salford University. The title BECH essentially represents the countries of Belgium (BE) and Switzerland (CH), the former being Glenn’s country of birth and the latter where he currently resides. The composer envisaged writing a biographical piece about Glenn's life and journey.
The lone euphonium at the outset seeks to portray a window to the past, with the aim of taking the listener to a different place. The leitmotif in this case is comprised of the notes G for Glenn and A for Anne (Glenn’s wife), passing to B for Anne's family name (Barras) and for Belgium, C and H for Switzerland and ﬁnally D for the neutral chord.
A traditional brass quartet opens the second section, as the leitmotifs start to work together. The euphonium joins the quartet, a representation of Glenn establishing himself as a soloist of international renown and starting to make his name in the music world. The ﬁnale commences with a transition between the quartet and the band that leads into a triumphant ﬁnish.