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Saint-Saens Organ Concerto - GVO with 6/4 Alex 164

Postby Ben » Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:48 am

Ok, I will post this because it was fun to play, and the community orchestra and organ soloist did very well. The real reason I am posting this is: it has relevance to the 6/4 tuba topic. There is a ton of buzz about the new 6/4 tubas from Eastman and Wessex, but there are MANY 6/4 tubas over the ages that have great qualities. Here you can listen to a performance of a ~late 1940s Alexander 164 CC (6/4). The horn is a beast, formerly JC Sherman's and I consider myself lucky to be its current owner. Enjoy! ... 2lApa?dl=0
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Re: Saint-Saens Organ Concerto - GVO with 6/4 Alex 164

Postby Steve Marcus » Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:37 pm

Ben, at 11:45 in the second movement of the Symphony, you clearly demonstrate how the large tuba sets the foundation for everyone else. At 13:47, you are...dominant, but not muddy at all. The ratio of tuba to bass trombone is...noteworthy. Just a couple of examples of what you can do with your Alex 164. (I've wanted to try one of those in CC or BBb...)

Your engineer made an excellent live recording. Thanks for sharing.
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