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Sonate for Tuba and Piano

Composer
Camille Saint-Saëns
Year of composition
1921
Arranger
Difficulty
Difficult (Grades 7+)
Duration
10 minutes
Genre
Classical music
Instrumentation
Solo instrument + piano
Instrumental parts

It is written originally for oboe and piano in three movements: Andantino Ad libitum - Allegretto - Ad libitum Molto Allegro

The movements are not ordered according to the traditional fast-slow-fast sonata system. The tempo of the movements increases successively. The first movement, Andantino, is music of a pastoral kind, in ternary form ABA. The core of the second movement is a Romance, marked Allegretto. It is preceded by an introduction and followed by an epilogue. The introduction and epilogue are marked ad libitum - that is, the performer is free to choose the tempo they feel is most appropriate. At the end of the second movement there is an oboe cadenza, with sharp piano chords, and plenty of expressive phrases. The last movement, titled Molto Allegro, short and brilliant, has passages of great difficulty and virtuosity.

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