Dracula

Composer: Peacock, Curtis
Instrumentation: Solo and Tuba Quartet Instruments: Drum Set, Euphonium, Piano
Genre: Contemporary

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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 kinds
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.

Curtis Peacock 

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    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 kinds
    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.

    Curtis Peacock 

    More Information
    SKU TEP11082
    Price 22.00
    Delivery PDF download, Shipped (printed)
    Composer Peacock, Curtis
    Instrument Drum Set, Euphonium, Piano
    Instrumentation Solo and Tuba Quartet
    Genre Contemporary
    Grade 4
    Duration 5
    Publisher Tuba Euphonium Press
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