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Tuba Concerto (Gregson)

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Edward Gregson

Edward Gregson (arr. Gregson)

General Info

Year: 1976 / 1986
Duration: c. 17:40
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Novello & Company Limited
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $150.00   |   Score Only (print) - $40.00


1. Allegro deciso – 6:15
2. Lento e mesto – 5:40
3. Allegro giocoso – 5:45


Full Score
Solo Tuba
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass 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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The concerto is in three movements, following the usual quick-slow-quick pattern: Allegro deciso, Lento e mesto, Allegro giocoso. The first is in a sonata form shell with two contrasting themes, the first rhythmic in character, the second lyrical. There is a reference made in the development section to the opening theme of Vaughan Williams's Tuba Concerto, but only in passing. The second movement unfolds a long cantabile melody for the soloist, which contrasts to a ritornello idea announced three times by the band/orchestra. The last movement is in rondo form, alternating the main theme with two episodes. The first of these is a broad sweeping tune, the second jazz-like in style. After a short cadenza, reference is made to the opening of the concerto, and the work ends with a triumphal flourish.

The composer gratefully acknowledges the assistance of Glynn Bragg in the preparation of this version.

- Program Note from publisher

The Gregson Tuba Concerto was commissioned by the Besses o’ th’ Barn Brass Band with funds provided by the Arts Council of Great Britain. Since its premiere, hundreds of performances have been heard all over the world with brass band and piano accompaniment. It rivals the Vaughan Williams tuba concerto in popularity and has also been arranged for solo tuba and symphony orchestra as well as solo tuba and concert band.

The three movements follow a typical pattern of fast-slow-fast and the outer movements each have a quasi-cadenza. What stands out in all three movements are the lyrical qualities of the tuba solo and the interchanges between solo and accompaniment that compliment the tuba’s range and dexterity.

- Program Note from Tamagawa Academy Wind Orchestra concert program, 15 December 2016


State Ratings

  • Indiana: ISSMA 057 2010 - 2016
  • Maryland: Tuba Solos Grade VI
  • New York: NYSSMA Grade: 6


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • VanderCook College of Music (Chicago, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Alexander Kaminsky, conductor; Maxwell Briggs, tuba) - 21 December 2022 (2022 Midwest Clinic)
  • Penn State University (University Park) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Tonya Mitchell-Spradlin, conductor; Meredith Fuller, tuba) - 26 April 2022
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor; Landres Bryant, tuba) - 26 August 2021
  • University of North Florida (Jacksonville) Wind Symphony (Erin Bodnar, conductor; Van Cole, tuba) - 10 February 2021
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Wind Ensemble (Mike Fansler, conductor; James Lamb, tuba) – 28 September 2019
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor; Landres Bryant, tuba) - 25 July 2019
  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Concert Band (Josh Roach, conductor; Charles Guy, tuba) – 15 April 2019
  • University of Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown) Wind Ensemble (Karem J. Simon, conductor; Gregory B. Irvine, tuba) – 31 March 2019
  • City of Fairfax (Va.) Band (Robert Pouliot, conductor; Diego Stine, tuba) – 20 May 2018
  • Virginia Tech University (Blacksburg, Va.) Symphony Band (Dave McKee, conductor; Josh Wirt, conductor) – 29 April 2018
  • University of Utah (Salt Lake City) Symphonic Band (Eric LaPrade; Matthew Lindahl, tuba) – 1 March 2018
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Ryan J. Nowlin, conductor; Robert Black, tuba) – 25 March 2018
  • World Youth Wind Orchestra Project (Schladming, Aus.) (Johann Mösenbichler, conductor; Dirk Hirthe, tuba) – 16 July 2017
  • Tamagawa Academy (Machida, Tokyo, Japan) Wind Orchestra (Kazuhiko Tsuchiya, conductor; Yuki Kawamata, tuba) - 15 December 2016 (2016 Midwest Clinic)
  • Chicago College of Performing Arts Wind Ensemble (Charles Schuchat, tuba; Stephen Squires, conductor) - 14 November 2012
  • West Liberty University Wind Ensemble (Matthew Inkster, conductor) - 28 April 2011

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Girsberger, Russ. Percussion Assignments for Band & Wind Ensemble. Volume I: A-K. Meredith Music Publications, 2004, pp. 127.
  • Gregson, E. (1978). Tuba Concerto [score]. Novello: Borough Green, Sevenoaks, Kent.