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Novello Tuba Concerto (Score Only) Concert Band Composed by Edward Gregson   

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(Score only; written for tuba in C - B.C.) 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 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. 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 work is dedicated to John Fletcher, who gave the first performance on 24 April 1976. It is set as part of the ABRSM Tuba Syllabus.


 
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