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Tuba Concerto

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By Edward Gregson

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Concert Band, Tuba
Score Only. Composed by Edward Gregson. Instrumental & Ensemble. Music Sales America. Classical. 102 pages. Published by Novello & Co Ltd. (HS.14034181).

Item Number: HS.14034181

8.25x11.75 inches.

(Score only; written for tuba in C - B.C.)

The concerto is in three movements, following the usual quick-slow-quick pattern: Allegro deciso, Lento e mesto, Allegro giocoso. The first is in a sonata form with two contrasting themes, the first rhythmic in character, the second lyrical. There is a reference made in the development section to the opening theme of Vaughan Williams's Tuba Concerto. The second movement unfolds a long cantabile melody for the soloist, which contrasts to a ritornello idea announced three times by the band/orchestra. The last movement is in rondo form, alternating the main theme with two episodes. The first of these is a broad sweeping tune, the second jazz-like in style. After a short cadenza, reference is made to the opening of the concerto, and the work ends with a triumphal flourish. The work is dedicated to John Fletcher, who gave the first performance on 24 April 1976. It is set as part of the ABRSM Tuba Syllabus.

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