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Postby bloke » Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:46 am

Tubas can play pitches above C-below-the-staff.
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Re: just a quick note to composers and orchestrators

Postby the elephant » Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:54 am

Ugh. I hate that. I also hate it when they write for "unspecified low-pitched instrument that does not require lungs and has an infinite upper and lower range with infinite technique but absolutely no middle register and that never plays below ffff on notes lasting any less than ten seconds or that only plays random squeaks in the stratosphere at pppp" and then slaps the label "TUBA/BASS TROMBONE/EUPHONIUM" on the upper, left-hand corner of the part. Oh, and they want to make a recording of it, and they can only afford to pay you for a single run-through combination sightreading/recording session. And they want to generously give you $50 and a pizza party for all this.
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Re: just a quick note to composers and orchestrators

Postby bloke » Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:17 am

video-game music orchestra concert to well-filled house...surely: mostly people who do not attend orchestra concerts

(floor - full / mezzanine - full / balcony - 2/3 full - seating capacity: 2500)

99% - depth charges

1% - linear cantabile lines in the staff (the only times colleagues turned and caught a glance of the tuba)

bloke "just as with previous of these: suffering from Sunday morning click-track withdrawal"

pre-concert seat-filling (started ten minutes late, due to the line of people at the box office)
The bass player seen is Sam Shoup: http://samshoup.com. I wish he had orchestrated (for that matter: composed) this music.

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Re: just a quick note to composers and orchestrators

Postby doublebuzzing » Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:57 pm

Although Mahler was a great composer, I never understood why he often had the tuba hold onto, say, a low F for multiple bars at maximum dynamic (some spots in Sym. 2). Like Charlie Vernon once said, "Composers, if you want me to play a pedal note at maximum volume, you only get a couple beats!"
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Re: just a quick note to composers and orchestrators

Postby the elephant » Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:20 pm

Yep. R. Strauss, too. WTF where they smoking?
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Re: just a quick note to composers and orchestrators

Postby Three Valves » Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:31 am

the elephant wrote:...And they want to generously give you $50 and a pizza party for all this.


I'd have held out for a hearty hand clasp!!

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Re: just a quick note to composers and orchestrators

Postby the elephant » Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:25 am

HAHAHA!!! Excellent find, sir!
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Re: just a quick note to composers and orchestrators

Postby Casca Grossa » Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:29 pm

bloke wrote:video-game music orchestra concert to well-filled house...surely: mostly people who do not attend orchestra concerts

(floor - full / mezzanine - full / balcony - 2/3 full - seating capacity: 2500)

99% - depth charges

1% - linear cantabile lines in the staff (the only times colleagues turned and caught a glance of the tuba)

bloke "just as with previous of these: suffering from Sunday morning click-track withdrawal"

pre-concert seat-filling (started ten minutes late, due to the line of people at the box office)
The bass player seen is Sam Shoup: http://samshoup.com. I wish he had orchestrated (for that matter: composed) this music.

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Re: just a quick note to composers and orchestrators

Postby circusboy » Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:25 pm

Conversely, why is so much of the solo literature pitched so high?
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Re: just a quick note to composers and orchestrators

Postby bloke » Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:56 pm

circusboy wrote:Conversely, why is so much of the solo literature pitched so high?


' same reason that I'm encouraging composers and arrangers to stop viewing a bass trombone as a contrabass trombone, and viewing a tuba as a contra-contrabass trombone...

...to be listenable.
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Re: just a quick note to composers and orchestrators

Postby Three Valves » Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:39 pm

circusboy wrote:Conversely, why is so much of the solo literature pitched so high?


The solo literature is too damn high!!

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