Reprinted from ITEA JOURNAL, Volume 36, Number 2, Winter 2009 for Tuba and Piano by Xiao Ying. Chicken Scratch Press,
Micky Wrobleski, close in his proximity to Chinese composers from his seat i the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, brings to the table a cleanly edited gem of Chinese music for unaccompanied tuba. Liu Quan Ju Shi is the name of a Chinese poet who lived in the Qing Dynasty and is known for his tales about ghosts who help people.
The composition is filled with several meter changes and passionate oriental melodies. The numerous grace notes in Liu Quan Ju Shi require a bit of practice but ultimately satisfies the expressiveness and timbre in the opening of this composition. To interpret and emulate the style of the violent furioso section correctly, at a pianissimo dynamic, is a tall order, but one that results in a gratifyingly poignant crescendo. After a climactic fermata, the pizzicato-like ending alludes to the opening and floats away a niente (to nothing).
With such a conservative range (C tof1) it is plausible to perform this petite yet eccentric piece on euphonium or tuba recital.
David Holben – University of Nevada – Las Vegas