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Instrumentation: Solo and Tuba Quartet Instruments: Drum Set, Euphonium, Piano
Solo Euphonium with Tuba Quartet (EETT) and Drums
Dracula for solo euphonium, tuba-euphonium quartet and drums was
commissioned by Benedict Kirby and the University of Montana for the 2014 Northern
Rockies Tuba Euphonium Festival. Demondrae Thurman was the guest artist of the
festival. So Dr. Kirby asked me to write a five-minute piece for the end of Demondrae’s
recital. I started with the idea that this would be a sort of finale or encore type of piece. I
wanted it to be a high energy closer. Early on, I envisioned something like The Edgar
Winter Group’s 1972 rock classic, Frankenstein. I did not do any sort of technical
analysis of Frankenstein, though, nor did I quote Frankenstein in any way. Rather, I tried
to capture the general character of Frankenstein. So this piece is like Frankenstein, but it
is not Frankenstein. That’s why it is DRACULA!
Dracula is in my usual Third-Stream style. Jazz, rock, hip-hop and many kindsLearn More
of classical styles come together in Dracula, but this particular composition draws most
heavily on the style of rock music. It contains some improvisation, but the improvisation
is largely limited to the drum part. The original composition did not include any
improvisation in the solo euphonium part, but Demondrae suggested that I add one. So I
added an optional improvised solo section for this edition. I utilized a few new techniques
in this piece, but the most notable new technique is an indication that calls for the
euphonium soloist to hype the audience. I envision the euphonium soloist playing the
role of the lead singer or front man for a heavy metal band of brass and drums. As the
front man, the solo euphonium soloist’s role involves more than just playing music. It
also involves making sure that everyone has a good time. Demondrae lit up the stage up
with his awesome dance moves at the premiere! I encourage other performers to wear
vampire costumes or rock star outfits and have fun with the theatrical aspect of this piece.
Instrumentation: Solo and Chamber group Instruments: Bass, Percussion, Piano, Tuba
reduction with Rhythm section (recording is with wind ensemble)
The Concerto for tuba and winds is in my usual Third-Stream style, but I utilized
many new techniques for the first time in this piece. Jazz, rock, hip-hop and many kinds
of classical styles come together in the Concerto. Polymeter, improvisation and intuitive
swing notation play important roles in this piece as well as traditional four-part
counterpoint and ancient Greek form. It is simply titled Concerto in a classical fashion
but each movement has a more descriptive title.
I. Swing Low
III. Cutting Contest
I utilized a customized variation on the classical concerto form: a sonata-allegro
first movement, a slow second movement and a theme and variations finale.
Philosophically, this piece explores the traditional nature of a concerto from several
different angles. The first movement explores the cooperative side of a concerto. One
Latin root of the word concerto is conserere, which means to join. The soloist and wind
ensemble cooperate to produce many layers of polymeter in Swing Low. The Latin root
certamen, on the other hand, means to fight. So while the first movement is a
cooperative effort, the third movement, Cutting Contest, explores the idea of a musical
battle between the solo tuba and the wind ensemble on a familiar tune.
On March 6th, 2012, the Concerto was premiered in Seattle. Erin Bodnar led the
University of Washington Wind Ensemble with myself soloing. The Central Washington
University Wind Ensemble then recorded it with Dean Snavely conducting.
This reduction of Concerto features two different versions of the third movement
to allow for players to navigate the virtuosic fingering acrobatics on an E-Flat or F tuba.
The solo lines at letter E were inspired by Arban’s Carnival of Venice.
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January 26, 2014
Instrumentation: Solo and Piano Instruments: Euphonium, Piano
Instrumentation: Solo and Wind Band Instruments: EuphoniumWith Concert Band; The "Concerto for Euphonium" was written to celebrate the music prowess and unmistakable artistry of Dr. Demondrae Thurman. Each of the four movements is a tribute to him in a different way. In the first, the virtuostic potential of the euphonium is on display through the assymetric meter, extensive range demands and dual cadenzas. In the second, you can literally hear Demondrae singing his children to sleep with two French-Candadian lullabies. In the third, listen to his moving and beautiful rendition of his favorite spiritual, "Deep River." In the final movement, the joy of music and life explode into a triumphant, up-tempo setting of "Deep River." Bring your high chops, because this movement launches into the stratosphere! Learn More
Instrumentation: Solo and Brass band Instruments: Tubawith Brass Band; Suite Tuba is dedicated to Sam Pilafian, the tuba player and founding member of the Empire Brass Quintet. The four movement composition represents one of the most substantial works for solo tuba and concert band in the last decade. This work was written by a tuba player for tuba players. Each movement represents the musical character of the tuba in a different light. The first movement juxtaposes the rhythmic complexity of shifting asymetric meters with a conga-supported fusion jazz melody. The second movement offers the soloist a chance to improvise and take the melodic lead on the Dixieland classic tune That's a Plenty. The third movement, Lullaby, allows the melodic character of the tuba to take center stage. The fourth movement weaves themes from the previous three movements into original material to bring the composition to a stirring climax. Learn More
Instrumentation: Solo and Wind Band Instruments: Tuba
This version of Suite Tuba is for Tuba and Wind Ensemble. There is also a Tuba and Piano reduction version available.Learn More
Suite Tuba was written in honor of my doctoral advisor and applied instructor from Arizona State University, J. Samuel Pilafian. Although Sam is best known in the brass world for his ground-breaking performances as the tuba player and founding member of the Empire Brass Quintet, he was also the primary arranger and business manager for Empire for nearly 20 years. He is also an incredible teacher, who has trained thousands of musicians around the world. Sam had a profound impact on my career in all four areas, that is, as a player, a composer and arranger, entrepreneur and teacher. This composition is designed to reflect different elements of training and studying with Sam.
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Instrumentation: Quartet Instruments: Alto Sax, Baritone Sax, Soprano Sax, Tenor Sax
Fort Worth Funk was written to provide a light-hearted, engaging selection for Saxophone Quartet. It begins with a dramatic statement from the Baritone Saxophone, who lays down the opening groove. The other members of the quartet enter one at a time, while the composition builds to a virtuostic moment for the full quartet. The staggered entrances also provide an opportunity to stage theatrics as well. Appropriate rhythms and articulations are meticulously notated to help players achieve an authentic “funk” style in their performance. The piece is loosely based on the chord changes to the jazz standard “Well You Needn’t”, which appears briefly in swing style at the end of the piece. Chord changes and written solos are provided during the improvised sections, to bring the piece within the grasp of a wide spectrum of players.Learn More
Instrumentation: Quartet Instruments: French Horn
Based on the J.S. Bach Chorale "Vater unser im Himmelreich", this is a high energy work for a college ensemble that will be a nice challenge for the performer as well a great listen for the audience.
Commissioned by the Alloy Horn Quartet and funded in part by the Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Program of the International Horn Society World Premiere, International Horn Society Conference, 2018Learn More
Instrumentation: Solo and Piano Instruments: Piano, Tuba
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Instrumentation: Solo and Piano Instruments: French Horn, Piano
Instrumentation: Solo and Piano Instruments: Euphonium, Piano
Genre: Romantic, Virtuosic
Visions for euphonium and piano was written in the fall of 2014. It was commissioned by Israeli euphoniumist, Ifat Meir in memory of her mother, Sara Shlaifstein Meir. Ifat told me that her mother went blind before she passed away and had only fleeting memories of vision. At times, her memories of vision were very vivid and at other times, they were faint. So this piece was written with that idea of having varying degrees of memory of vision, but not actual vision.
Visions is a one-movement fantasy. Loosely, it has a kind of sonata form. After a very short introduction, two themes are presented. The first theme is conversational between the piano and euphonium. The second, more expressive theme marked con moto is played together. After the initial two themes, a kind of development section takes the first theme through many far-reaching keys. Then, the initial two themes return, one half-step higher than the original statement. Finally, a lengthy coda which is based on the brief introduction and second theme, serves as a kind of secondary development section before bringing the piece to a close.
Instrumentation: Duet Instruments: Tuba
Genre: ContemporaryThis duet set is indeed a tribute, in so many ways. First, to Dr.’s Danielle Van Tuinen and Jeffrey Malecki, among many, who helped sponsor the composition. Second, to my friend of many years, my host for the Missouri State Low Brass Day, and a fine euphonium player, Dr. Jennifer Jester. The music was composed for us to premiere at the MSU Low Brass Day on March 29, 2020 in Springfield, Missouri. The first movement draws on thematic elements from the rock tune “Tom Sawyer”, performed by the Canadian rock trio known as “Rush.” Their drum set player and lyricist Neil Peart passed away in early 2020, about the time I was writing this music. I can still remember hearing this song, the opening track from their album “Moving Pictures” when I was in high school. The relentless groove that Neil laid down on this album, and so many other albums from this band, had a profound impact on my understanding of pulse, time, and musical flow. The second movement is a tribute to Sam Pilafian, my tuba professor (and Jennifer’s) at Arizona State University. This music draws on some of the fundamental grooves from latin music, such as the 2-3 clave, the piano montuno, and the bass figures that accompany these two ideas. So many musicians were influenced by Sam, in so many ways, that I can only attempt to describe how much he meant to me, both personally and professionally. Learn More
Instrumentation: Solo and Wind Band Instruments: French Horn
Genre: Contemporarywith Band Learn More$120.00
Instrumentation: Brass Band (British style) Instruments: Bass Trombone, Cornet, Euphonium, Flugelhorn, Trombone, Tuba
Arranged for British Brass Band, this is a medley of three hymns:
A Mighty Fortress is Our God
It is Well With My Soul
Fairest Lord Jesus
This works well in both a church or on the concert stage.Learn More
Instrumentation: Solo and Trombone quartet Instruments: Trombone, Voice
Genre: BaroqueFor Voice and Trombone Quartet. Learn More
Instrumentation: Quintet Instruments: 2 Trumpets, Horn, Trombone and Tuba
Genre: JazzComposed in 1913, this popular song has been arranged for Brass Quintet and is sure to bring back memories of recordings by many of the most famous vocalists of all-time. Learn More
Instrumentation: Solo and Piano Instruments: Piano, Tuba
Genre: Contemporarywith Piano; perfect for a recital. Will work for HS and College level students. Learn More