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  1. A Stroll Through the Mind Garden

    Composer: McMillan, Benjamin
    Instrumentation: Solo and Piano Instruments: Piano, Tuba
    Genre: Contemporary

    with Piano

    “The mind is a fertile garden – it will grow anything you wish to plant –

    beautiful flowers or weeds.” – Bruce Lee

    A Stroll Through Mind Gardens depicts an imaginary journey inwards to the

    realm of imagination, where thoughts bloom and float by like flower petals on the wind.  Connected by variations on a dance-like ‘strolling’ rhythm, the listener is taken on a colorful and vibrant tour of a vast ‘aural mind garden.’

    Written during the autumn of 2019, the work was commissioned by David Saltzman to be premiered at the Northeast Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conference (NERTEC) at Ithaca College. It’s intended to have stately-dance feel that acts as a

    musical anchor point for the changing melodies and harmonies, although this rhythm itself also undergoes several variations throughout. The sectional structure of the piece and the transitions between them are written in a way that often flow in and out of one another, similar to a typical stream of thought.

    The piece provides a moderate challenge for the performer, demanding an expressive, musical approach, and quick changes of style.

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  2. Concerto for Tuba

    Composer: McMillan, Benjamin
    Instrumentation: Solo and Wind Band Instruments: Tuba
    Genre: Contemporary

    with Wind Band (also available with Piano accompaniment)

    This work was commissioned by Timothy Northcut in honor of Winston Morris, professor of tuba and euphonium at Tennessee Tech University since 1967. Among many others, his former students—both Tim and I included—call him a mentor, friend, and genuine hero to the tuba-euphonium world. Anyone who’s met Winston knows that he’s a larger-than-life character, and our goal was to capture a snapshot of that character within the piece.

    The first movement, RWM, is constructed from a rhythmic motive that forms the basis of the entire work: 1/4 note followed by 4 1/8 notes

    This motive, based on the name ‘R. Winston Morris’, becomes the driving force throughout the work, acting as a musical anchor point. The entrance of the solo tuba introduces the main musical theme that goes on to form much of the melodic material. Conceptually, the first movement represents a day in September of 1967 as Morris began his career at Tennessee Tech University. Beginning with a gentle, noble theme, the mood quickly builds and shifts into an energetic and sometimes whimsical whirlwind. The end of the movement relentlessly hammers out the motive—a tribute to Winston’s unrelenting musical drive. This abruptly shifts with the final note, moving seamlessly into the second movement.

    The second movement, Sweet Steel, is dedicated in loving memory to Barbara “Bobbie” Morris. Although the tone is very dark and brooding, it’s ultimately a love song by the soloist, journeying through the stages of grief. From the darkness a second theme, hopeful and uplifting, rises to a heartfelt climax.

    The final movement, Cookevegas, is a tongue-in-cheek reference to Cookeville, TN, home of Winston and Tennessee Tech University. His love of jazz is a major influence on this hectic, jazzy trip through the small Southern city. A return of the driving ‘RWM’ motive from the first movement brings the concerto to its finale.

    Recording is from the premiere with the U.S. Army Band:

    https://www.usarmyband.com/tuba/index.html

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    $150.00
  3. Concerto for Tuba

    Composer: McMillan, Benjamin
    Instrumentation: Solo and Piano Instruments: Piano, Tuba
    Genre: Contemporary

    with Piano

    This work was commissioned by Timothy Northcut in honor of Winston Morris, professor of tuba and euphonium at Tennessee Tech University since 1967. Among many others, his former students—both Tim and I included—call him a mentor, friend, and genuine hero to the tuba-euphonium world. Anyone who’s met Winston knows that he’s a larger-than-life character, and our goal was to capture a snapshot of that character within the piece.

    The first movementRWM, is constructed from a rhythmic motive that forms the basis of the entire work: 1/4 note followed by 4 1/8 notes

    This motive, based on the name ‘R. Winston Morris’, becomes the driving force throughout the work, acting as a musical anchor point. The entrance of the solo tuba introduces the main musical theme that goes on to form much of the melodic material. Conceptually, the first movement represents a day in September of 1967 as Morris began his career at Tennessee Tech University. Beginning with a gentle, noble theme, the mood quickly builds and shifts into an energetic and sometimes whimsical whirlwind. The end of the movement relentlessly hammers out the motive—a tribute to Winston’s unrelenting musical drive. This abruptly shifts with the final note, moving seamlessly into the second movement.

    The second movementSweet Steel, is dedicated in loving memory to Barbara “Bobbie” Morris. Although the tone is very dark and brooding, it’s ultimately a love song by the soloist, journeying through the stages of grief. From the darkness a second theme, hopeful and uplifting, rises to a heartfelt climax.

    The final movementCookevegas, is a tongue-in-cheek reference to Cookeville, TN, home of Winston and Tennessee Tech University. His love of jazz is a major influence on this hectic, jazzy trip through the small Southern city. A return of the driving ‘RWM’ motive from the first movement brings the concerto to its finale.

    Recording is from the premiere with the U.S. Army Band:

    https://www.usarmyband.com/tuba/index.html

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  4. ITEC Day 2 May 31, 2016

    Instruments: Euphonium, Tuba
    Genre: Classical, Contemporary

    ITEC Day 2 2016 Recital Pieces

    If not marked download or shipped, the product is only available in the printed form. 

    CM1347 Suite for Euphonium, and Tuba - Barbara York (Ken Kroesche and Michael Taylor)

    Euph., Tuba and Piano

    TEP10340 Tubamobile - Thom Ritter George (Southern MS)

    Tuba Quartet

    CM2369 Evolutions - Ben McMillan (Southern MS)

    Tuba Ensemble

    CM1651 Sizzl’ - Robert Denham (Aubrey Foard)

    Tuba and Piano

    EU405 St. James Infirmary - Primrose/Forbes (U of N IA)

    Tuba Quartet

    CM2736 Convent Window - Joanna Ross Hersey (Joanna Ross Hersey)

    Unaccompanied Tuba

    EU402 Funeral March of a Marionette - Gounod/Forbes (U of AL)

    Tuba Quartet

    TEP10878 Nocturno, Op. 7 - Strauss/Fischer (Jeremy McBride)

    Tuba and Piano

    CM2140 Tubaphonium Overture - Zach Collins (Murray State)

    Tuba Ensemble

    CM1477 Gravity Dances - Anthony Zilincik (Murray State)

    Tuba Quartet

    CM1707 Runnin’ with Bydlo - Greg Danner (Murray State)

    Tuba Ensemble

    TEP10935 Declarations - David Uber (U of TN)

    Tuba Ensemble


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  5. Lurking at the Threshold

    Composer: McMillan, Benjamin
    Instrumentation: Solo Instruments: Tuba
    Genre: Contemporary

    Lurking At The Threshold is an unaccompanied work for tuba that highlights some of the capabilities and characteristics of the instrument. In particular, the low range and agility of the tuba is explored. The title is a nod to the works of author H. P. Lovecraft, and thus the tone of the piece strives to embody some of the elements and scale of cosmic horror. Mixed into the strange lines are recurring themes and lyrical melodies, making the work a well-rounded showcase for the unaccompanied tuba.

    Commissioned by Dr. Preston Light for the 2020 Southeast (SERTEC) and Midwest (MWRTEC) Regional Tuba Euphonium Conferences. 

    As with most unaccompanied works, exaggeration of dynamics, articulations, and other gestures is what makes them come to life. Think of these lines as collections of musical gestures rather than a single, connected melody, and play to the extremes of dynamics and articulation.

    Time is free throughout to allow for greater freedom of expression. Where there are specific tempo markings, strict, mechanical time is not required. Breath marks are used to indicate lifts or slight pauses between phrases/gestures.

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  6. Mirages

    Composer: McMillan, Benjamin
    Instrumentation: Duet Instruments: Euphonium, Tuba
    Genre: Contemporary

    with Electronics

    “You can’t fight the desert...you have to ride with it.” – Louis L’Amour

    I’ve always been fascinated by deserts; the stark, almost alien landscapes, the extremely diverse and efficient ecosystems, the mystic, spiritual effect of being in the vast expanses of silent nature. Recently I travelled from the Pacific Northwest into the deserts of Nevada and Utah. While neither are the typical Hollywood deserts of endless sand dunes, they hold their own magic. Mirages are a part of that magic. I watched them rise and fall as I drove by, imagination blending with the illusions to create hidden cities. As with many of my works, I didn’t start out with a concrete concept, but as the scales and modes started to come through, desert imagery continually flowed through my mind’s eye.

    The piece consists of three sections, each fading and evaporating like mirages. Stylistically there are heavy elements of rock and jazz, as well as the percussion flavors of the Middle East, India, and Central America.

    I’d also like to thank everyone who contributed to the creation of this piece. You all help make it possible for composers to keep creating new music!

    -Ben McMillan

    Commissioned By:

    Frank Meredith, Pat Stuckemeyer, Dan Davis, David Saltzman, Jesse Orth, Fernando Zuniga, SFA ITEA Chapter, Northern Lights DUO, Gail Robertson, Justin Gorodetzky, Richard Perry, William Hess, Scott Sutherland, Will GrayBeach, Joshua Hauser, Adam Frey, Erik Lundquist, Seth Fletcher

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  7. Sageic Dances

    Composer: McMillan, Benjamin
    Instrumentation: Solo and Piano Instruments: Piano, Tuba
    Genre: Contemporary

    with Piano

    commissioned by Sérgio Carolino

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