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Tuba Concerto - Vaughan Williams SCORE (Download)

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Manufacturer: Denis Wick Publications

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Concerto In F Minor For Bass Tuba And Orchestra by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958).

Arranged by Denis WIck and Graham Chambers

A new arrangement of the greatest tuba solo, for Solo Tuba and Wind Band.

SCORE ONLY

Authorised and licenced by Oxford University Press is for wind-band.

Grade 5
Duration (approx.) 14 min.
Score and Parts.

Read the Wikipedia entry about this piece here

See a performance of this piece on YouTube

The work was premiered on June 13, 1954 by Philip Catelinet whom the piece was also written for.  Philip Catelinet was the first chair Tubist in the London Symphony Orchestra. Philip wrote about the premiere in an article titled, "The Truth about the Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto," ; 
 
"Tuning was a problem. It appeared to me, in that hall, that I gave out a sound similar to that of a sick cow. It seemed to meet the approval of the conductor, and we were off. The first movement was not too comfortable. A lack of togetherness on my part, hopefully, was not noticeable to the audience. The cadenza came off, though I wasn't too satisfied with my intonation. There is little, if any, resonance in that hall, so your solo sound seems to stop at the end of the bell. The beautiful second movement was, to me, one of my best efforts. I didn't care if the audience, critics or anyone else, for that matter, disliked the tuba sound or not. I really enjoyed myself. The last movement rollicked along, musically sketchy, but somehow held together with the confidence coming from under-rehearsed orchestral players determined not to admit musical defeat under any circumstances. The applause seemed sincere enough; probably happy, along with me, that I had finally made a tuba concerto sufficiently plausible musically to be acceptable. Vaughan Williams came to the front of the stage and linked hands with Sir John Barbirolli and myself, and we took our bows of the audience."

Product Code: TUB9J5B570

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