|The Tempest (V.34)
Symphonic Band--Grade V
Conceived as a work for Wind Ensemble and tuba solo, written on commission, The Tempest is availble in a version with the solo cross-scored into different instruments within the ensemble to create a tone poem for Wind Ensemble. The solo part is included so it can also be played in the original form as a tuba showpiece.
It thus can be cast as a solo showpiece or a dramatic overture.
When asked to write a piece for wind ensemble with tuba solo, a terrible storm at sea seemed like the obvious program. The piece provides a fairly virtuosic solo for tuba (with another tuba in the ensemble) while telling a tale of a storm, a ship lost, heroes, and the eternal sea. Rapidly shifting harmonies, broad compositional strokes, and interesting special effects characterize this story of man, nature, struggle, loss, and balance.
Page 14 of the Score to The Tempest
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