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Postby bazzelsup » Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:42 am

I play for fun. Well past my college years and I'm happily not auditioning for anything. I was hoping for recommendations of your favorite pieces to learn that sit well for a BBb horn. I have the Vaughn Williams, Effie Suite, Thomas Suite, Koetsier and a few others.

I am looking to expand my library of Tuba Literature. What pieces are fun for you to play?
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Re: Solos for BBb

Postby opus37 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:28 pm

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Re: Solos for BBb

Postby swillafew » Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:30 pm

We are not blessed with a lot of good music. If you don't mind looting other instruments' catalogues, euphonium, trombone, and cello are a good place to start. A pencil and some judgement about what octave will work is all you need. I bought some flute music once, it was not my best decision.
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Re: Solos for BBb

Postby tubeast » Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:27 am

BLOKE has hinted at oboe concertos a few times over the years. Might be worth a search.
Also I remenber a link to a well known college Tuba instructor who dealt with just THAT subject on his homepage.
I´ll try to come up with a link as soon as I dig it out...
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Re: Solos for BBb

Postby oedipoes » Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:56 am

Bach cello sonatas (not suites) should work on BBb at moderate tempi.
Don't know if there is sheet music available transposed to +/- BBb tuba register.
I played the original version on euphonium, so I guess one octave down on BBb tuba would be ok.
Mayba Imperialbari has something?

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Re: Solos for BBb

Postby tubeast » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:05 am

I believe Dave Zerkel MAY have adressed this subject here http://www.ugatubaeuph.com/, but it doesn´t seem to be on there anymore.
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Re: Solos for BBb

Postby bazzelsup » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:32 am

I've ordered "Just A Thought". Really pretty. Thanks! Still open to more suggestions.
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Re: Solos for BBb

Postby besson900 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:19 am

Hi

You wrote that u have some notes but have you play them?You didn't wrote that You need this notes for now or maybe for future playing :)

Just tell us what did You played, we have a lot of tuba pieces but for players on different level.How advanced player You are? :)
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Re: Solos for BBb

Postby bazzelsup » Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:42 pm

Moderate skill level. Pieces I'm working on now include:
- Koetsier
- Effie Suite
- Mvt 1 & 2 of Vaughn Williams
- Marcello Sonata
- Thomas Suite

I have these from my undergrad days. While I can't say I have mastered them, I would like some new things that are not off the charts hard or high.

Thanks!
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Re: Solos for BBb

Postby lost » Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:39 pm

I feel like this topic comes up very often. Any volunteers to comb the archives and make an *official* thread?

We haven't had any new official threads in awhile.
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Re: Solos for BBb

Postby THE TUBA » Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:35 pm

tubeast wrote:I believe Dave Zerkel MAY have adressed this subject here http://www.ugatubaeuph.com/, but it doesn´t seem to be on there anymore.


It is still there (if we're referring to the same things). Zerkel wrote an article about solo literature for contrabass tubas. It is available as a .PDF on the "Document Library" page titled "Do You C What I C." It is a couple years old, so I'm sure there are some new works that have worked into the repertoire, but this article is a great place to start.
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Re: Solos for BBb

Postby tubeast » Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:50 am

Yeah, THAT´S the one.
Great source of Information.
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Re: Solos for BBb

Postby EdFirth » Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:00 pm

I've had good fun and audience response to trumpet solos. In particular The Carnival of Venice (Arbans) which I played every night while out with the Clyde McCoy band and From the Shores of the Mighty Pacific. They lay in the same registers on tuba as on trumpet. But that's just my take. Ed
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Re: Solos for BBb

Postby Art Hovey » Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:04 pm

"A Touch of Tuba" by Art Dedrick is simple and fun, and has a band accompaniment.
Originally published by Kendor, probably out of print, but can be found in some school libraries.
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Re: Solos for BBb

Postby MusikFind » Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:04 pm

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A Touch of Tuba
Grade 4
Published by Kendor Music Inc (KN.13190) Tuba solo and piano part $7.50
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Copy on loan at Chatfield Band Music Lending Library Chatfield, MN 55923, But is missing parts.
http://selco.ent.sirsi.net/client/en_US ... TBND_LIMIT" target="_blank

Written in 1959 and dedicated to Harold L. Walters, tubist with the U.S. Navy Band, this varietal showcase features a rubato opening, a cadenza (as written or ad lib), a fast-paced reel in 6/8, and an easy swing section before closing with a brief recap of the first theme.
Sample pages on website.
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Re: Solos for BBb

Postby EdFirth » Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:50 pm

It's great. I played it in the eighth grade on our band concert. a definite winner. I still have the music. Ed
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Re: Solos for BBb

Postby Uncle Markie » Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:15 am

Ed -

I put something in the mail for you this morning - my recently completed arrangement of Schumann's Traumerei set for either euphonium or tuba solo with band accompaniment.

Take a big breath and see how slowly you can perform it!

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Re: Solos for BBb

Postby pauvog1 » Thu Mar 30, 2017 3:11 pm

bazzelsup wrote:Moderate skill level. Pieces I'm working on now include:
- Koetsier
- Effie Suite
- Mvt 1 & 2 of Vaughn Williams
- Marcello Sonata
- Thomas Suite

I have these from my undergrad days. While I can't say I have mastered them, I would like some new things that are not off the charts hard or high.

Thanks!


Introduction and Dance by Barat
Suite for Tuba by Haddad

Neither are extremely hard or high.

A little higher: The Ellerby Tuba Concerto.
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Re: Solos for BBb

Postby Travis99079 » Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:29 pm

Mike Forbes' Cappricio has a version for "low" tubas. His professional recording takes it up high for certain places, but the Kendor Solo Series offers it as a Grade 6 with displaced octaves. Catchy too.
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