The White Ghost (nimoloth) wrote in windbandmusic,
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The Relative Merits of Tuba Concertos

Last night we played the Gregson tuba concerto (our resident tuba player, ezyena, who is at the Academy, is the soloist, and is extremely good). It's a really complex and fascinating piece, and very listenable too. Gregson's work is 20th Century, but not modern and minimalist minimalist like Glass, or his ilk. It's quite cinematic, actually. The harmonies and melodies are unusual, but pleasing to the ear (mine, anyway) and take you in all sorts of interesting an unexpected dimensions.

The tuba part is beautiful to listen too, with a lot of difficult high stuff in the second movement in particular, which ezyena played very well. The third movement, in true concerto form, is mostly fast ad impressive.

The first movement contains a six bars or so quote from the Vaughan Williams tuba concerto, in homage. I love the Vaughan Williams - I played the second movement for CSYS/Grade 8/RNCM audition and it's really beautiful. The other movements are lovely too, very melodic and very English, as Vaughan Williams always is. He's one of my favourite composers.
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