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Divertimento for Tuba and Band

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David Bobrowitz

David Bobrowitz

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 5:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Daehn Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $8.00


1. Kinetic Energy - 1:33
2. Lullaby - 2:15
3. March - 2:04


Full Score
Solo Tuba
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Chimes
  • Claves
  • Cowbell
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Wind Chimes
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A great way to feature your top tuba player at your next concert. Or bring in a guest artist. This new mini-concerto for tuba shows the many qualities of the instrument—”flashy,” “whimsical,” “tender,” and sometimes “in-your-face!” And the band has a great part, too! Sure to become part of the tuba’s repertoire!

-Program Note from publisher

The word “divertimento” is derived from the Italian divertire, which means to amuse. Therefore it is a genre that is often lighthearted and fun, with movements that are totally different from one another in style and substance. The Divertimento for Tuba and Band is composed in three movements: Kinetic Energy, Lullaby, and March.

Kinetic Energy is representative of the energy of motion. In this movement the solo tuba and band get to play rapid 16th-note passages that are both ascending and descending, creating all kinds of musical energy. The contrasting Lullaby is a soothing melody in A-B-A form. In the final A of this form, thetuba plays a lovely countermelody which is then followed by the main melody and a brief exiting idea. The final movement is a spirited March in 6/8 time. The form of the March is Introduction - A with Tuba, A with Band, B and C section, followed by a return to A and a closing coda.

-Program Note by composer

This is a challenging solo work composed of three contrasting movements. Kinetic Energy is characterized by quick 16th note passages, while a complimentary B section offers balance to the movement. Lullaby is legato cantabile throughout, effectively demonstrating the tuba's expressive potential. The concluding March creates an exciting finale. A good high school band can provide a successful accompaniment for this engaging solo feature, but unless you have an all-state tuba player in your section, an artist level performer is recommended.

-Program Note from The Instrumentalist, August 2013


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