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Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra

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John Williams

John Williams (arr. Paul Lavender)

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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


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


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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

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State Ratings

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  • New York Wind Symphony (Central Valley, N.Y.) (Richard F. Regan, conductor; Alan Baer, tuba)) – 6 October 2019
  • 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

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