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Program Notes

Tuba Concerto


Edward Gregson, composer

Like the Overture: Comedy by Ireland, this concerto was originally composed for brass band, though it is now available in wind band and orchestral versions. It was commissioned by the Besses o' th' Barn Band, with funds provided by the Arts Council of Great Britain. It is dedicated to John Fletcher, who gave the first performance of the wind band version at Grieg Hall, Bergen, Norway, in 1984. The concerto is in the usual quick-slow-quick pattern; the first movement uses two contrasting themes—one rhythmic, the other lyrical; the second movement is a long cantabile melody for the soloist; and the last movement is a rondo with two themes, one broad and the other is jazz-like in style.



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