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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.
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Instrumentation: Solo and Piano Instruments: Piano, Tuba
This suite contains four movements that describe the special characteristics of a year’s four seasons. After reading poetry about nature and the changing seasons, the composer brought the poems to life through her music.
I. Autumn: The long and lyrical melody played by the soloist is accompanied by a repeated pattern from the piano. This symbolizes the dropping and rustling of the leaves from the wind in autumn.
II. Winter: The intense and fast passages, played by both the soloist and pianist, depict a fierce wind sweeping in the cold winter.
III. Spring: A warm, relaxing melody on top of a pastoral rhythmic pattern proclaims a new season is arriving. In the middle section of this movement, both players imitate singing birds. Although the melody is soft and warm, we can hear contrasting emotional changes that reflect the unstable weather in spring time.
IV. Summer: Passion, energy, and activity are all prevalent in summer. The composer uses a tango style to portray these concepts. The second main melody gives the image of a fireworks show in the summer night.
Genre: Classical, Contemporary
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Instrumentation: Trio Instruments: Euphonium, Piano, Tuba
Genre: Contemporarywith Piano Three Sketches for Euphonium, Tuba, and Piano was written for the Conviviality Trio based out of Ann Arbor, MI. Non-programmatic and serious in nature, the work is divided into three distinct movements that feature all instruments prominently. The first movement begins mysteriously, struggling to find balance between joy and sorrow. The tension builds harmonically and dynamically into a brief yet powerful fast section. After a reprise of the original material, the piano rips into rapid octave jumps which begins the "Aggressively" section, which puts the technical abilities of all three performers on full display. The movement ends with the original material making one last return. The second movement begins with a slow, jazzy noir-like atmosphere set by the pianist before the tuba and euphonium enter, echoing each other throughout. A solo section follows, emphasizing the low register and the lyrical capabilities of the euphonium. The movement ends with a hypnotic back-and-forth progression between the three performers that diminishes to nothingness. The last movement again puts the technical capabilities of the performers on display. Beginning with several mixed-meter runs, the movement evolves into a tour de force finale that includes long, rapid runs in the piano and tuba and euphonium melodies in fourths. Learn More