Soloist Folio for Tuba compiled and transcribed by Micky Wrobleski. 2005, Chicken Scratch Press, Available through WindSong Press P.O. Box 146, Gurnee, IL 60031.www.WindSongPress.com. $15
This is something we’ve been seeing a little bit more of in the past few years. Some time ago, this reviewer wrote about an edition of Robert Schumann’s Fantasiestucke originally for clarinet and piano. This was arranged for tuba and was only the solo part, to be used with the standard accompaniment for use with the clarinet. Micky Wrobleski, now principal tuba with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, has collected eight great solos with the same idea in mind. The solos are already transposed for you from whatever key the original solo was in to the concert key and put into bass clef. No more transcribing yourself or trying to remember to add the flats as you change to tenor clef (and, oh, those annoying accidentals!). Not to mention that the reviewer always forgets how to transpose the bass clef parts for horn into concert pitch.Now that it is always easy to figure out what accompaniment you need to look for. The Finzi Five Bagatelles for Clarinet, Handel – Sonata No, III in G Major for Flute, and the Haydn – Concerto No 1 in D Major for French Horn are pretty self explanatory (who is buried in Grant’s tomb?). The accompaniments for Debussy – Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Handel – Aria con Variazioni “The Harmonius Blacksmith”, Ravel – Pavane for a Dead Princess, Saint-Saens – Romance, Op 36 are found for various instruments. The trick may be finding one that has not been altered from the original. The Schumann Adagio and Allegro, Op 70 is not identified on the cover, but, inside, it does refer to the fact that it is originally for French Horn.
At times, I’m not even sure all of these are transcribed specifically for tuba. The Harmonius Blacksmith for example, hardly gets below a “d.” Most of it is above the staff, and there are quite a few occurrences of f1 and even a1. The Haydn is in the staff for above except for a DD and two phrases below the staff in the second movement. The Saint-Sanes is in or above the staff with quite a few occurrences of f1 and f0sharp. It looks more like euphonium music to me, and I know some who are fond of playing tuba in this range. But Mr. Wrobleski has done us a great service by putting so much great music into one place for such a reasonable price. I’m glad t have it, even if I never actually perform any of these pieces. Great music is worth playing, even if it is only in your studio.
Michael Short – Drake University
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