Please DONATE to help with maintenance and upkeep of the Wind Repertory Project!

Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra

From Wind Repertory Project
John Williams

John Williams (arr. Paul Lavender)


This article is a stub. If you can help add information to it,
please join the WRP and visit the FAQ (left sidebar) for information.


General Info

Year: 1984-1985/ 2016
Duration: c. 16:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: U.S. Army Band
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Movements

1. Allegro moderato – 6:20
2. Andante – 6:20
3. Allegro molto – 4:20


Instrumentation

(Needed, please join the WRP if you can help.)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

John Williams's Tuba Concerto was written as a centennial commission from the Boston Pops. Cast in three connected movements, the concerto trains the spotlight on an instrument that is more accustomed to playing a supporting role. Its combination of lyricism, agility, wit, and emotional drive makes us wonder that this behemoth of the brasses doesn’t get more concerto outings. The instrument’s virtuosic possibilities reach a high plane in the first-movement cadenza, while the second movement casts the tuba in gentler light, its mellow timbre emerging out of orchestral writing of mysterious mien. In the finale, a rondo that includes some brashly jazzy outbursts, the tuba emerges as an acrobat, bustling along with the vivacity normally encountered from instruments a fraction of its size.

- Program Note by New York Philharmonic


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Butler University (Indianapolis, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Michael Colburn, conductor; Anthony Kniffen, tuba) – 18 April 2019
  • United States Army Band (Ft. Myer, Va.) (Leonel A. Peña, conductor; Simon Wildman, tuba) – 4 February 2017


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources