Rhapsody of the Deep – Solo Tuba
A new solo repertoire piece for tuba.
This piece has been several years in the writing, as I have been reluctant to scribble for my own instrument, but here it is.
It opens with a semi recitative section on the Tuba on which most of the rest of the piece is based. I love writing contrapuntal music, and am strongly influenced here by J. S. Bach, but I also love Vaughan Williams and have played his Tuba Concerto many times.
The piano then takes the lead in a fugato section in which the tuba adds to the counterpoint, covering most of its range. The faster section which follows is a joyful (but still largely contrapuntal) exclamation by the tuba, leaping wildly about in pure unadulterated fun. The fugato ideas return before the tuba launches into another motif, slightly wistful, but at the same time aggressive but this morphs into the fugato material again, which is taken over by the piano before the final chord dies away over a reminder of the fugato.
This is an exciting new addition to the tuba repertoire which would make a great addition to a recital or concert programme.
Parts are supplied for Tuba (Bass Clef), Eb Bass (Treble Clef), Piano and a Piano part with the tuba cued above.
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