Big Horns in Small Ensembles

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Posted by Tony E on April 23, 2002 at 00:17:10:

Iím sometimes a bit confused when I hear players saying this or that horn is too big for a quintet or chamber ensemble. I know itís a bit of a different technique, but Iíve played a number of large tubaís that were surprisingly easy to work with in small ensembles with regard to dynamics/levels, and were also quite agile. To me, there is something magical about the quality of sound produced by a large horn, and the sense of effortless reserve that the big horns convey. Many times, itís not just what is heard, but what is felt. Iím not talking right or wrong here, just artistic tone concept. Does anyone else out there like using a large horn in a quintet or chamber setting? Any favorite players out there using large horns in smaller venues? Any large tubaís youíve found particularly well suited/responsive to smaller ensemble settings?

Tony E

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