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Four Temperaments for Tuba

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Michael Brand

Michael Brand

General Info

Year: 1999
Duration: c. 10:30
Difficulty: IV (Band) VI (Tuba Solo) (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: G and M Brand - British Music Publishers
Cost: Score & Parts - $130.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Full Score
Tuba Solo
Flute I-II (II - piccolo)
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Drumset
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Whip
  • Xylophone


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Program Notes

Four Temperaments for Tuba was written at the request of the British tuba virtuoso Stephen Sykes to help fill a gap in the repertoire. We agreed that whilst there should be display elements within the piece, it should be accessible to good tuba players and tuneful at the same time.

The first few bars contains the theme of the whole piece which is developed as four variations. The first variation (or Temperament) is neo-classical: conventionally written and structured. The swing variation (No. 2) is backed by a big band line-up plus horns and gives the soloist some opportunity to be flexible. Some improvisation could replace the written lines.

Variation three is scored mostly for woodwinds (apart from a trombone chorale) and is contemplative. It could stand alone. The last variation is a scherzo, which leads to a coda (so that the soloist can show off some double tonguing!)

The cadenza was composed by Stephen Sykes and played by him with the composer's approval. However, soloists should feel free to compose their own cadenza if they wish, but ending with bars 162 and 163 either as written or down an octave.

Four Temperaments for Tuba was first performed in Europe by Stephen Sykes with the Band of HM Royal Marines, Plymouth, conducted by Lt. Col. Peter Rutterford at The Pavilions, Plymouth, England on 6 October 1999.

The USA premiere was given by Stephen Sykes with the VanderCook College of Music Symphonic Band, conducted by Geoffrey Brand during the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago on Friday 17 December 1999.

- Program Note by Michael Brand

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  • Lynn University (Boca Raton, Fla.) Wind Ensemble (Kenneth Amis, conductor; Steve Campbell, tuba) – 8 September 2018
  • Pomona (Calif.) College Band (Graydon Beeks, conductor; Stephen Klein, tuba) - 28 April 2018

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