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Unaccompanied Tuba Suite #2 in B-flat Major

By Jason Allie

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Tuba
Composed by Jason Allie. 21st Century, Romantic Period, Contemporary Classical, Post-Modern, European. Solo Part. 14 pages. Published by Joaba LLC (S0.238243).

Item Number: S0.238243

Description

Adelightful, intermediate-advanced level work suitable for encouraging students,hobbyists and professionals to improve or show off their performance skills. This multifarious work grips the audiencewith a variety of moods, styles and affects. A great recital piece or encore piece to show off the melodiousness,harmoniousness and vibrancy of the tuba. Please send feedback, praises and more to contact@joaba.com.

TotalDuration: ~10 to 15 minutes depending upon taking the repeats and varying thetempo.

Performance Notes

Introduction This piece boldly explores the B Major key and related tonalities.  It yields exciting moves to tease the audience’s appetite for the real treats of the variations. The key to performing this piece is to feel and emphasize the half-note rhythm and play the phrases against it.  Dynamics are up to the performer.

Theme & Variations

The delight for the performer and listener is to emphasize the unique traits of each variation while celebrating their similarities. A great audience toe-tapper (mostly!). Each variation’s title indicates how to play it; further notes below.

1 PLAYFUL Stretches the theme’s rhythms for a friendly teasing.

2 MAJESTIC This variation indulges in the compound meter exploration of the theme.  Emphasize the linear lines and the ornamental notes will shine.

3 BRIGHT Practice the intervallic phrasing until you can hear what note follows which.  Then bang it around for a jaunty, vigorous performance.

4 AGILE Practice slow then add speed.  The luscious 16th notes energize the phrases and give them wit.

5 TEARFUL Let the notes do the work—don’t try too hard.

6 FESTIVE Must use repeats.  A gigue that washes away the previous variation’s mood.  Always emphasize the one-two bounce feel throughout.

7 TREMENDOUS Molto expressivo.  This A section is anguish; B is reflective, loving, and then tender.

8 CHICKEN Chicken chickens chicken.  Chicken!

9 FANTASTICAL No repeats: just a glorious monstrosity of extraordinariness.  Get ugly.

10 MARCH Must use repeats.  If you clip the dotted notes and focus on the “one-two, one-two” march rhythm, the melody will soar.

11 BLUES Be sure to swing it and adjust the tempo so the bluesy sound comes through.

12 A CARNIVAL NEAR VENICE Akin to variation 2.  Practice it slow and build up speed.  Nothing more than the theme with a compound voice in the upper register.

13 FUGUE Distinguish the two lines and it’ll be like playing two tubas simultaneously.  Practice slow to learn to differentiate the two voices and it’ll be a dazzler.

14 FAREWELL A bittersweet mixture of bold thankfulness for the joyous discoveries and sadness for having to say goodbye.  Be aggressive with the arpeggios for the harmony to resound.

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