Caprice was written for Matthew van Emmerik, to showcase his virtuosity in an engaging

piece of concert music. The work is in theme and variation form, with the primary material being

the theme from the last of Paganini’s Ventiquattro Capricci per violino solo, a collection

of 24 caprices for solo violin. This theme has been the inspiration for similar works by

many composers since it was first published, including Liszt, Brahms, Rachmaninov, Benny

Goodman and Andrew Lloyd Webber.


In this work, the famous theme is treated to a more contemporary approach. The first

variation, Capricious, relies on motor rhythms and jagged dialogues between the soloist

and the band. It is couched in an organic scale reminiscent of the Phrygian mode. The

second variation, Sad, is in direct contrast, acting as a traditional ballad and allowing

the soloist to explore the expressive side of the instrument.


The third variation, Energetic, is a micro set of variations in itself, designed to display

the soloist’s innovative technique and stamina. Each section is more challenging than the

last, until the work concludes with a whirlwind dance at breakneck speed.


Like all of Batterham’s recent work, the musical language of Caprice draws upon classical,

jazz, funk and ska elements to create a unique sound where anything can happen, and

probably will. This arrangement was made possible through Matt’s

instigation and generosity.


To view a video of Matthew van Emmerik performing the version with brass band please visit


To view a video of Fletcher Mitchell performing the version with piano please visit


Sheet music available from :





Euphonium Soloist


Flute 1-2



Clarinet in Eb

Clarinet in Bb 1-3

Bass Clarinet in Bb

Alto Saxophone 1-2

Tenor Saxophone 

Baritone Saxophone 

Trumpet in Bb 1-3

Horn in F 1-4

Trombone 1-2

Bass Trombone



String Bass

Percussion 1-3

Caprice (Euphonium Solo with Concert Band) Andrew Batterham