Instrumentation: Solo and Piano Instruments: Euphonium, Piano
Too often compositions are written with a certain narrow-mindedness. Composers sometimes choose to write a piece for themselves, sometimes for an audience, and sometimes for the intended performer. "Turbo" takes a multifaceted approach in that the work is intended to satisfy my own compositional desires while providing an entertaining challenge for the performers and a thrill ride for the audience.
After the piano sets the tone for what will make up most of the piece, the solo euphonimist enters with long tones, leaping around in range and experimenting with timbre. After the personality of the piece is established, the soloist now explores the groundwork which the opening pianist has set. While exploring harmonic possibilities just slightly beyond the "norm," "Turbo" also experiments with several rhythmic complexities, adding up to an interesting piece for all involved. Following a cadenza composed through expanding prior themes, the euphonium and piano both finish with a vigorous coda that ends with an ultimate high B-flat.
John Hadden was born in Kingston, New York before moving to Florida in 2005. He began his studies on tuba when he was 8 years old. Beginning in 2011, John began his studies in music performance with Jay Hunsberger (Sarasota Orchestra) and in May of 2015 graduated with honors from the University of South Florida with a BM in Performance. He has had the opportunity to learn from and play alongside some of the “greats” including Bob Tucci, Øystein Baadsvik, and Roland Szentpali. John went on to the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where he was awarded a fellowship to complete a Master’s of Music in Performance while studying with the world renowned Dan Perantoni.
John has been a member of the South Shore Symphony Orchestra, the Ocala Symphony Orchestra, the Brass Menagerie, has played with numerous members of the Florida Orchestra and Sarasota Orchestras, and was co-principal tuba in The First Brass of Sarasota. He has also played professionally in the central Florida area at the major theme parks, as well as once with the Sarasota Ballet pit orchestra. Before moving to Jacksonville, FL where John has had the opportunity to play with Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, he served as the tubist in several Mid-Western orchestras.
A hallmark of John’s career took place at the Southeast Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conference in 2013 where he won 1st place in the Mock Orchestra Audition and 2nd place in the Young Artist Solo Competition. Since then, he has also been the winner of the Big Arts Classical Music Scholarship Competition, the winner of the 2015 Imperial Symphony Orchestra (Lakeland) Young Artist Competition, received an honorable mention at the Justine Lebaron Young Artist Competition, and been a finalist at several others. John had the honor of being a semi-finalist at the 2015 Leonard Falcone Tuba Artist solo competition.
As a composer, his studies began and will forever continue with the illustrious James Grant. During his time at Indiana University, John studied composition with Professor Aaron Travers and Dr. P.Q. Phan. His music often finds itself focused on John’s first loves: the tuba and euphonium. Multiple solos, large ensemble works, and chamber music pieces contain exciting low brass parts, although much of the music also shows off what other instrument families are capable of.
John is now the Brass Development Coordinator for Buffet Crampon USA where he oversees the growing influence of BCUSA’s 6 world-class brass brands. He has the fantastic opportunity to seek out brass educators and partner with these wonderful musicians in order to share information about BCUSA’s fantastic brass instruments with other educators and brass players.
|Delivery||PDF download, Shipped (printed)|
|Instrumentation||Solo and Piano|
|Publisher||Cimarron Music Press|