Six Concert Caprices

Composer: Gulino, Frank
Instrumentation: Duet Instruments: Euphonium, Trombone, Tuba
Genre: Contemporary

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This duet book comes in both a low and high key and can be played by various combinations of low brass instruments.

This book seeks to provide low brass players with useful, enjoyable materials that can be used effectively as both pedagogical tools and performance pieces. By incorporating a variety of keys, articulations, meters, phrase structures, and styles, these duets present countless opportunities for musical and technical development without feeling so exercise-like as to preclude them from having a place on recital programs.

While thinking about this project, I received a number of messages from tubists, euphoniumists, and trombonists—performers and pedagogues alike—lamenting the various challenges they face when searching for duet literature. For example, trombonists looking for materials to play alongside their tuba students face a dilemma: most tuba duets are too low for the trombone, while most trombone duets are too high for the tuba. Others remarked that some tuba duets ignore the upper tessitura, making them unhelpful to players looking to build range and facility, or pointed out that many trombone duets are either musically fulfilling or technically accessible to non-professional players, but not both. The quality of low brass duet literature also varies widely, with little overlap between works that make useful teaching tools and those which are musically compelling enough to perform.

To address some of these issues, the duets in this book present a variety of technical challenges without losing sight of the importance of sound, pitch, phrasing and musicianship. Whether addressing technical issues like range, articulation, or velocity, each piece also requires that players pay attention to style, tone production, and ensemble playing. Moreover, each duet appears in two different keys, separated variously by a perfect fourth, tritone, or perfect fifth in order to avoid extreme ranges or particularly unwieldy key signatures. This allows players to learn each piece in the more comfortable tessitura first (tuba players beginning with the lower-keyed version, for instance), empowering them to subsequently approach the more challenging tessitura already armed with a musical plan of attack and command of the melodic lines and intervals.

Although some of the pieces in this book will undoubtedly be more or less challenging than others, depending on the combination of instruments and experience levels possessed by the performers, the hope is that each one adds value by providing opportunities to hone our musical and technical skills, allowing teachers to perform alongside their students, or allowing students to play with one another. I am grateful to all of those who reached out with thoughts about this project and hope you enjoy these Six Concert Caprices.

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    Frank Gulino, a native of New York City, now resides in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, where he maintains an active schedule as a composer and bass trombonist. Frank holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Bass Trombone Performance from The Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Randy Campora, Jim Olin, and David Fedderly, all of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Frank has also studied with Vincent Belford of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and jazz artist Bob Ferrel.

    As a trombonist, Frank has appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Music Center at Strathmore, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), and the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, home of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He has also served on the faculties of the DC Trombone Workshop, Shepherd Trombone Workshop, Mid-Atlantic Trombone Alliance, and ITF Composers Workshop. Frank is an artist/clinician for the Edwards Instrument Company and performs on Edwards trombones and Griego mouthpieces.

    As a leading composer of contemporary brass chamber music and recital literature, Frank has had works commissioned, performed, and recorded by some of the world's foremost brass players, including euphonium virtuoso Steven Mead, the Israel Tuba Duo, and members of the Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, National, Philadelphia, and St. Louis symphony orchestras, as well as members of all four DC-based premier military bands. Frank's works have been performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the United States Capitol in Washington, DC, as well as at venues in Argentina, Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Mexico, Panama, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and Uruguay. Additionally, Frank's music has been performed at dozens of colleges, universities, and conservatories, both domestically and abroad, and remains exceedingly popular among performers and audiences alike. Frank is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and is a multiple winner of the ASCAP Plus Award in the Concert Music category.

    Frank's works, published by The FJH Music Company, Cimarron Music Press, and 200 Miles to Arnstadt Publications, are available from major music distributors all over the world, including J.W. Pepper, Hickey's Music Center, and SheetMusicPlus. Additionally, Frank's works have served as the required repertoire for the ITA George Roberts Bass Trombone Competition, ITEC Solo Tuba Competition, IWBC Susan Slaughter Solo Competition, Taiwan Tuba-Euphonium Competition, Busan Music Competition, and Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Competitions, among others.

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    SKU CM4288
    Price 20.00
    First published 2018
    Delivery PDF download, Shipped (printed)
    Composer Gulino, Frank
    Instrument Euphonium, Trombone, Tuba
    Instrumentation Duet
    Genre Contemporary
    Grade 4
    Duration 5
    Publisher Cimarron Music Press
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