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    "Tuba Or Not Tuba" (that is the question)

    Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls,

    This is my "Tuba Or Not Tuba" a composition for solo tuba and piano.



    http://www.alexandermusic.com/musicf...aOrNotTuba.mp3



    Before anyone tells me that it is not playable, be informed that a friend, who is a tuba virtuoso, has played it many times without a hitch. I will admit that he has lungs like a whale and he is not a small man.

    Since I had to utilize the mid to upper register of the piano so as not to clash with the tuba itself, there is a strange unnatural tinniness to the Steinway piano. It is an unusual phenomena.

    The GPO instruments are the Steinway piano and Tuba 1 Solo.

    Regards,

    Larry A.

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    Wow! Very nice. Your virtuoso friend must be amazing! I'd love to hear a performance of this. So much fun!

    I often have to remind myself as I'm orchestrating that every instrument is equally capable of being melodic and playing challenging figures. Obviously there are a lot of factors dependent on choices we make when writing and orchestrating, but sometimes I double check myself asking, is this challenging enough?

    My answer is "Definitely 'Tuba!'"

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    Re: "Tuba Or Not Tuba" (that is the question)

    Quote Originally Posted by jmc
    Wow! Very nice. Your virtuoso friend must be amazing! I'd love to hear a performance of this. So much fun!

    I often have to remind myself as I'm orchestrating that every instrument is equally capable of being melodic and playing challenging figures. Obviously there are a lot of factors dependent on choices we make when writing and orchestrating, but sometimes I double check myself asking, is this challenging enough?

    My answer is "Definitely 'Tuba!'"
    Thank you for listening.

    I personally probably wouldn't be able to play the first eight measures without stopping and gasping for air.

    Regards,

    Larry A.

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    Re: "Tuba Or Not Tuba" (that is the question)

    Thats a pretty damned realistic sounding tuba sound overall. Did you process the tuba sound to give it depth?

    Thanks in advance - and great composition.

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    Re: "Tuba Or Not Tuba" (that is the question)

    Aaron, I believe that is the new aggressive tuba patch.

    Larry, freaking awesome man.

    Loved it, but that's my usual response to your songs lately.

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    Re: "Tuba Or Not Tuba" (that is the question)

    That was great! I'd love to see this performed by a real tuba.
    Tim

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    Re: "Tuba Or Not Tuba" (that is the question)

    Quote Originally Posted by tgfoo
    That was great! I'd love to see this performed by a real tuba.
    I second that!! You have to post a recording of your friend!!

    BTW that was some amazing programming for a solo brass instrument. The candenza in particular sounded almost totally real to me. And it's a really fun piece too!

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    Re: "Tuba Or Not Tuba" (that is the question)

    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Burrell
    Aaron, I believe that is the new aggressive tuba patch.
    Yes, It was fixed in the updates with a "tub'a" glue

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    Re: "Tuba Or Not Tuba" (that is the question)

    Quote Originally Posted by Larry G. Alexander
    I personally probably wouldn't be able to play the first eight measures without stopping and gasping for air.
    In college I played the tuba in brass tech for a week. It was an adventure to say the least. I found myself having to breathe after almost every note! Anyone with enough air to play anything discernable on it has my respect!

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    Re: "Tuba Or Not Tuba" (that is the question)

    Quote Originally Posted by Garritan
    Yes, It was fixed in the updates with a "tub'a" glue
    Groan...

    Don't quit your day job, Gary!

    Regards,

    Larry A.

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