Concerto for Tuba (Barnes)

From Wind Repertory Project
James Barnes

James Barnes (trans. R. Mark Rogers)

This work bears the designation Opus 96b.

General Info

Year: 1996
Duration: c. 18:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Tuba and orchestra
Publisher: Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental   |   Score Only (print) - $54.95


1. Allegro giocoso
2. Lullaby and Polka - 11:20
3. Rondo


Full Score
Solo Tuba
C Piccolo (doubling Flute)
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet (or B-flat Contrabass Clarinet)
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion (3 players), including:

  • Bell Tree
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotale (D)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In the first movement the tuba enters with the theme at m. 23, marked “Jolly.” This theme is broken into segments played by the ensemble with interruptions by the tuba. A countermelody enters in the tuba part at m. 71. The recapitulation occurs at m. 203 followed by a cadenza in m. 257. The second movement begins with an accompaniment similar to the first of Satie’s Gymnopedies. In the melodic line throughout the movement are stepwise sixteenth notes. The opening of the Rondo beings has a syncopated rhythmic motif which recurs throughout the movement. Near the end of the movement is a tuba cadenza which ends with multiphonics.

The accompaniment to Barnes' Tuba Concerto was transcribed for band by R. Mark Rogers, during the fall of 1996. The premiere performance took place on February 1, 1997, with Scott Watson, tuba soloist, accompanied by the United States Army Band, the composer conducting.

- Program Note from score


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • United States Air Force Band of Mid-America (Justin W. Lewis, conductor; Bruno Gutierrez, tuba) - 2 November 2023 (Romeoville, Ill.)
  • Heart of Texas (San Antonio) Concert Band (R. Mark Rogers, conductor; Jose Noriega, tuba) - 30 January 2022
  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Wind Ensemble (Mark Sosnowchik, conductor; Angel de Armas, tuba) – 22 October 2020
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (William V. Johnson, conductor; Tony Clements, tuba) – 16 May 2009
  • United States Army Band (Washington, D.C.) (James Barnes, conductor; Scott Wilson, tuba) – 1 February 1997 *Transcription Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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  • Barnes, J.; Rogers, R. (1997). Concerto for tuba Op. 96b [score]. Southern Music Company: San Antonio, Tx.
  • Perusal score