Rossini - Figaro! for Eb Tuba and Brass Band
Here is an arrangement of the great ’Largo Al Factotum’ from the Barber of Seville, by Rossini. I arranged this piece for Eb Tuba to perform myself, and have done so because I feel it necessary to promote our instrument as one with solo characteristics.
A friend/mentor of mine, Patrick Sheridan, spoke to me about this and gave me his thoughts. He summed it all up by saying, "Our instrument as a solo voice is very young. One of the points of [musical] evolution is that we have NOT had a period of popularization of the sound of the tuba. Chuck Daellenbach and Sam Pilafian have done [and continue to do] much for our instrument as jazz/chamber musicians. Harvey Phillips did much for our instrument in the promotion of it as a legitimate solo vehicle with the many composers friends he had."
I plan to continue promoting our versitile instrument for years to come. Thank you.
(April 5, 2002)
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