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Adagio (Stevens)

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John D. Stevens

John D. Stevens

General Info

Year: 1991
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Editions Bim
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - CHF38.00


Full Score
Euphonium I-II-III-IV


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Adagio was composed in 1991. It was commissioned by the Tubists Universal Brotherhood Association.(T.U.B.A.) to be premiered by the International College All-Star ensemble at the 1992 International Tuba-Euphonium Conference in Lexington, Kentucky.

The work was written in memory of Rayburn Wright, long-time professor of jazz studies at the Eastman School of Music, who had passed away earlier in the year. As my first teacher of arranging and composing, Mr. Wright was instrumental in launching my career as a composer and continues to be a great inspiration to me. The style of the piece was inspired by the many beautiful ‘adagios’ in the orchestral repertoire.”

- Program Note by composer

Originally a piece composed for low brass in 1991, it was arranged for strings in 2010, continuing the tradition of famous adagio compositions, although this may be the only one originally composed for tubas and euphoniums and then arranged for strings, instead of the other way around.

- Program Note by Michael Tegethoff for liner notes of Duisburger Philharmoniker CD Grand Concerto 4 Tubas


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  • Perusal score
  • Stevens, J. (1993). Adagio : for eight part tuba euphonium ensemble [score]. Ed. BIM: Bulle, Swit.