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Solo with Piano - Tuba Solo - Rhapsody of the Deep

A brand new solo for tuba and piano. This work has had a long gestation as, surprisingly, I find it difficult to write for my own instrument.

The opening is a lyrical soliloquy which contains much of the later material, including the seeds of the fugato started by the piano.

The fugato section is heavily influenced by Baroque music - particularly that of J. S. Bach, but also has English Romantic influences taken from 20th Century tuba repertoire.

There then follows a Giocoso section where the music explores the tuba’s range of sonority and liquid melodic warbling.

This finally winds down into a reprise of the fugato as the music flows to a gentle finale - returning to the depths.

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