Posted by Steve Marcus on December 30, 2003 at 08:55:52:
In Reply to: James Barnes Concerto question posted by Steve James on December 29, 2003 at 12:06:30:
Dave Zerkel wrote a great two-part article, “Do You C What I C?,” that appeared in Volume 30, No. 2 & No. 3 (Spring and Winter 2003) of the ITEA Journal. He examines the solo literature for the contrabass tuba and discusses the feasibility of playing pieces normally associated with bass tuba on the larger horn.
Of the Barnes Concerto, Dave comments: “This large work is a nice vehicle for the big tuba. The technical challenges in the outer movements are pretty substantial and the inner movement requires a nice fluid lyricism. The main challenge on the contrabass tuba will be in keeping the music light and energetic.” Dave assigns original works for tuba to three levels of difficulty; he lists the Barnes Concerto as Level 2.
James Barnes is a tuba player himself; his music is very complimentary to the tuba.