Instrumentation: Sextet Instruments: Euphonium, Tuba
EEETTT Salutations was written in the fall of 2018 for the “Young At Heart” massed tuba & euphonium choir at the 2019 International Tuba & Euphonium Conference held in late May on the campus of the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. The music is in 6 parts and is intended for lots of players with numbers equally balanced among the parts. It will also work just fine with one on a part. Dynamics and articulations should be very literally observed as the music weaves its way from special “wind” effects into actual playing. The fact of the music being a concert fanfare is only actually musically revealed when we reach bar 56. All music before that should always be played with a leading/forecasting quality - especially beginning at bar 46 and the next 10 bars of music. Bar 56 is marked “Brassy!” and should contrast very much from the preceding music. Bar 60 opens up wide and should be played broadly. A tutti unison, more counterpoint and changes of key also need a terraced ramping up of energy as the music approaches a sort of awe-inspired “Young At Heart” theme (sing those words in your mind and you’ll know what I mean!) which is heard at bar 88 (we first hear it at bar 31). More fanfare gesturing and a brief recap of the introduction bring the piece to a grand conclusion!
Benedict Kirby has been writing music, performing (as a tubist) and educating low brass instrumentalists for more than 30 years in the midwest and northwest United States. He currently instructs the students of the tuba and euphonium studio of the University of Montana School of Music. He also directs UM’s Tuba & Euphonium Choir - a group which he founded in 2012 which has performed at the last two instances of the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference (ITEC) sponsored by the International Tuba and Euphonium Association (ITEA). His former teachers include Ross Tolbert (Minnesota Orchestra), John Stevens (UW-Madison) and Arnold Jacobs (Chicago Symphony). His composition teachers include Frank Bencriscutto and Dominick Argento. He performs professionally with several of Montana’s Symphony Orchestras and has been a featured soloist with both the Glacier and Missoula Symphonies. He is active as a commissioned/published composer with several works for concert band, brass choir, tuba/euphonium choir as well as music for solo tuba and large ensemble (orchestra/band). His composition titled “Dark Matter, Petite Concertante for Tuba and Orchestra/Band/Piano Reduction was selected as the winning composition for the the 2015 U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Tuba and Euphonium Workshop. He holds degrees from the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin-Madison and lives in Missoula, Montana.
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