This is a traditional turn-of-the-(twentieth)century, theme and variations, Sunday afternoon, concert-in-the-park solo. The one word that people should at least be mumbling if not shouting by the end of the performance is “amazing!” Basically, the Theme should show off your best cantabile sound and style with lots of rubati and espressivo. The Variations should be impressive with their increasing complexity as they move from triplets to sixteenths, but be sure that the speed is not too fast until you reach the third variation. The cadenza between Variation II and Variation III may be re-written but it should show off as much of the tessitura and other technical prowess abilities (yeah, and gimmicks) that you have. This version is for E Flat Tuba and has parts in both bass and treble clef.
“I have had requests for music recorded both on “Tuba Tracks” and my “Big Boy” discs for some time. Micky Wrobleski’s very clear and readable compilation of some of these arrangements are gradually being released so other tuba players may have the opportunity of playing some if this music as well.” – Gene Pokorny
Micky Wrobleski was born in Virginia, Minnesota, U.S.A. in 1974. He began his study of the tuba at the age of 16, after 2 years of saxophone. At the age of 17 he began his music career performing as a member of the Twin Ports Wind Ensemble, a professional Wind Band made up entirely of college and high school music educators. From 1992 to 1997, Micky attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he studied tuba with Dr. Jerry A. Young.
In 1997, Micky was chosen to be the Principal Tuba of the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the training orchestra of the world-renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra. While in Chicago, Micky studied with Gene Pokorny, Principal Tuba of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and was concurrently principal tuba with several of the orchestras in the Chicago region while also maintaining a busy studio recording, brass quintet and private teaching schedule.
Since 1997, Micky has appeared as a substitute/extra tuba with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Seoul Philharmonic, the Jilin Symphony Orchestra, and the Minnesota Opera, In 2002, Hu Yongyan invited Micky to become the principal tuba of the Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra. A position Micky held until in 2003, Tan Lihua invited him to assume the principal tuba position with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra.
In 2005 Micky gave the Chinese premier performance of the Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra by American composer John Williams. In 2008, Micky gave the first ever solo tuba performance with the Taipei Wind Ensemble. On this concert, Micky performed Tubby the Tuba, Australian composer Barry McKimm’s Tuba Concerto as well as Micky’s own arrangements of The Blue Bells of Scotland and The Carnival of Venice.
Micky has also brought to life several new works by Chinese composers featuring the tuba in a solo role. Currently, Wang Xi Ling is composing a new work for Micky and the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, there are also several composers (Macedonian, American, Chinese, Swiss, and Korean) in the process of writing works for Micky.
Active as a chamber musician, Micky is a founding member of China Brass, the China Brass Quintet, the International Concert Brass Soloists, and is a frequent collaborator with the Beijing New Music Ensemble.
In Beijing, Micky maintains an active schedule balanced with orchestral performances, solo performances, chamber music, composing, teaching tuba and euphonium at the China Conservatory of Music, studio recording and his English Bulldog, Bully.
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