Quartets For Low Brass Volume 1 for tuba quartet

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Quartets for Low Brass Volume 1
- Score Edition -

1. euphonium
2. euphonium
3. high tuba (Eb or F)
4. low tuba (Bb or C)

Score only

Difficulty: easy

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1. The Blue Bells of Scotland
2. Blow the Man Down
3. Auld Lang Syne
4. Polly Wolly Doodle
5. Listen to the Mockingbird
6. Sourwood Mountain
7. Oh Susanna
8. The Last Rose of Summer
9. He's a Jolly Good Fellow
10. Good Night Ladies

The arrangements in this series are intended to provide a source of easy to moderately difficult repertoire for various combinations of euphoniums, trombones and tubas.

The tunes are chosen for their recognizable and enjoyable qualities. It is hoped that the educational experience of playing together in group settings becomes an enhanced benefit of this musical resource.

While writing these books I usually was thinking of the "standard" low brass quartet comprising:
I. Euphonium
II. Euphonium
III. High Tuba (Eb or F)
IV. Low Tuba (Bb or C)

However the music is intentionally scored to work equally well with other combinations. One example might be:
I. Tenor Trombone
II. Tenor Trombone
III. Bass Trombone
IV. Tuba

Doubing parts for a low brass choir effect will provide a rich, sonorous texture.
In this situation there should be extra careful attention paid to individual balance and melodic prominence where appropriate.
For best effect, increase the number of players on the upper parts before doubling the lower ones, to avoid a muddy sound.

Most of these arrangements are short, one or two verse settings. As this works best for school or recreational playing, it may not work as well in a formal concert environment.
For those occasions it is suggested that mini-suites of three or four tunes be strung together.
Because of the theme format of each Volume, there should b many clever combinations possible for this purpose.

Stephen Bulla (ASCAP)


STEPHEN BULLA received his degree in arranging and composition from Boston's Berklee College of Music, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
His studies there developed an interest in jazz and pop styles, eventually leading to involvement in the freelance commercial music field.

In 1980 Mr. Bulla joined "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band and White House Orchestra as Staff Arranger.
As such he is responsible for the production of music that encompasses many styles and instrumental combinations, most of which are performed for Presidential functions and visiting dignitaries.
His musical arrangements for many performers including Sarah Vaughan, The Manhattan Transfer, Mel Tormé, and Doc Severinsen were featured on the PBS television series "In Concert At The White House".
He has produced orchestratians for Marvin Hamlisch, Joe Raposo, and jazz pianist Dick Hyman.

A diversity of commercial projects find Mr. Bulla in the recording studio writing jingles for regional advertising campaigns with clients that include Bob's Big Boy, Roy Rogers, Britches, and NASA.
In 1990 he was awarded the prestigious ADDY Award for best original music/TV spot.

His commissioned concert works include instrumental compositions that are performed internationally.
Both the British and New Zealand Brass Band Championship organizations have commissioned test pieces from his pen.

Stephen Bulla is a member of ASCAP and has received that organization's Performance Award annually since 1984.

With a growing number ofworks published in the U.S. and abroad Mr. Bulla frequently travels as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician.

instrumentation: quartet (tuba)
Genre: play literature concertant classes
difficulty: 2=easy
edition: play score
product weight: 0,23 Kg
author / composer: Stephen Bulla (arr.)
extent: 32 pages
year of publication: 2022
ISMN: 9790502882303
publishing number: NDV 10127T-P

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