Teutonic Tales composed by R. W. Smith. For tuba solo with piano accompaniment. Solo. Audio recording available separately (item CL.WFR371). Grade 4. Set of parts. Composed 2010. Published by C.L. Barnhouse (CL.084-3987-39).
Teutonic Tales is a suite for tuba inspired by Germanic and Nordic mythology. The suite was composed for and is dedicated to Mike W. Roylance, principle tubist in the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Mvt. 1 - Demon Dance - In German mythology, a demon is a supernatural being that is generally described as a malevolent spirit. The countless tales of trolls, werewolves, and other figures in Teutonic folklore have stirred imaginations for centuries. Mvt. 2 - Freya - Freya was the goddess of beauty and love. A beautiful, blonde, blue-eyed young woman, she was the sister of Frey and in later traditions the wife of Odin. Mvt. 3 - Thor's Hammer - Thor was the personification of thunder and the principal war god. He was armed with a hammer that returned to his hand after he hurled it at enemies, a belt that doubled his strength when he wore it, and iron gloves that helped him use the hammer effectively.