Concerto for Tuba
For tuba and piano reduction.
Original version (in brass quintet – video below:
(Original version available for purchase through Editions BIM)
Concerto for Tuba and Piano (reduction)
Originally written for solo tuba in brass quintet, in 1993. (Available through Editions BIM Publishing
Premiered by James Jenkins in 1994
Duration: 10 minutes
As a former trumpet player myself, I had long played in brass quintets. As my interested had also turned to arranging, and upon having just completed a compositional course in the summer of 1993, I decided it was time to try my hand at composing something original.
That year, at the Naples Philharmonic, where I was Assistant Principal/2nd trumpet, we had just hired a new tuba player (James Jenkins) for one season. I decided to ask him if I could write a new piece for him to premiere the following spring.
The Concerto for Tuba features the solo tuba from the onset, and then works its way through a variety of styles meant to display melodic and virtuosic dance-like figures. These were ideas I felt suited James the best, and also were elements I wanted to highlight for an instrument usually relegated to background or supporting roles.
The original version (for tuba + brass quintet) was picked up for publication by Editions BIM later that summer, whereas the piano reduction was created later, and is at composerjim.com
I cannot be positive, but this concerto may be my first original composition. If not, it’s certainly one of the first.