Concerto for Tuba and Band (Danner)

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Greg Danner

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General Info

Year: 2002
Duration: c. 20:00
Difficulty: VI (solo); IV (ensemble) (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Cimarron Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00


  1. Excursion – 5:55
  2. For Bobbie – 8:30
  3. Caprice – 5:00


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Program Notes

Composed in 2002, the concerto is dedicated to my friend and colleague R. Winston Morris and wife Barbara (Bobbie). Throughout the work, the emphasis is on melody, supported by clearly defined forms and harmonic structure.

The first movement – Excursion -- is in an arch design, with a declamatory opening section giving way to a lyrical theme. The middle section is characterized by a quicker tempo and jaunty melodic interplay between soloist and band. The music reprises the lyrical and declamatory themes with a few harmonic surprises, ending with a quick coda.

The second movement – For Bobbie -- is a musical poem for this lovely lady. The music begins with tuba alone stating a lyrical melody. The music grows out of this material, developing melodically and harmonically, with rather transparent scoring throughout. A middle section, at a slightly faster tempo, states a simple ostinato accompaniment in the winds that hovers over a rhapsodic tuba solo. The movement ends by referencing material from the first part and fragmenting various motivic ideas. The tuba alone ends the movement with motivic variants of the opening cadenza.

The last movement – Caprice -- begins with a playful melody tossed back and forth between soloist and ensemble. Animated rhythms and frequently changing meters characterize this rondo tune. The music settles into a more lyrical theme that is still marked by agile melodic turns and syncopation. The middle section introduces a third theme, scored in the upper register of the tuba. Accompanying rhythmic and harmonic patterns in this section are especially lively. This leads into a brief development of the primary theme and then a varied recap of the first and second sections. A coda based on the first theme allows for a final exchange of material between soloist and ensemble for a “bravura” ending.

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  • Tennessee Tech University (Cookeville) Symphony Band (John P. Boyd, conductor; Joseph Skillen, tuba) – 6 March 2008

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