Charlier’s 2nd Solo de Concours takes a very special place in his complete collection, namely that it was the last piece of music he ever composed. With that in mind it is easy to see and hear the culmination of his musical life experience in this piece. It is much more mature than his first solo, more involved, more stylistic, and more virtuosic. You will hear many nods to his Transcendental Etudes, especially the intervallic work in the middle slow section, and the same sort of dedication it takes to pull off a performance of one of his etudes is needed here, even more so, in fact.
If you have not had a chance to play this piece you are in for a real treat. Grab your horn and try the first page in the samples, then grab an immediate PDF download above.