Allegro et Andantango
Written for Nathan Giroux and Ross Kerley Allegro et Andantango was composed in 2010 and dedicated to two outstanding University of Central Florida tuba students, Ross Kerley and Nathan Giroux. The work begins with a fugue-like confrontation between the two tubas and then suddenly pulls back into a comforting melody that leads into the Andantango, (a 3/4 tango with a medium Andante tempo). Each player gets his or her chance at the melody as the other player accompanies along with the tango groove. Suddenly the battle returns with more intensity and it is later followed by the tango. However, the tango is no longer in 3/4, it is now in 4/4 with a twist. Once again, the encounter returns for the finale with only one tuba playing the battle theme as the other player cluelessly remains playing the tango. The two tubas finally return to the calming melody that seems to come to and end, and then...