HOG WILD! (2022)
HOG WILD! was commissioned by Brendan Ige in the Summer of 2022. The objective of the commission was to create a virtuosic, flashy piece for Brendan that pushed the limits of what is possible on the tuba. HOG WILD! is meant to be comedic, mocking virtuosity for the sake of virtuosity. HOG WILD! requires highly advanced range, flexibility, technical abilities, dynamic and tempo control, constant attention to articulation, meter, and rhythm, and the ability to execute several different types of extended techniques. Given the difficult nature of the piece, the tonal centers are kept in relatively “easy” keys.
Duration: Approx. 4 minutes
Format: PDF solo part (Tuba)
Recording coming soon!
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DOUBLETROUBLE was written in late 2021 for Don-Paul Kahl. This work depicts an argument within one’s mind. The soloist essentially converses with themselves via suddenly changing tessitura, dynamics, techniques, tonality, style, and overall atmosphere. After a brief introduction, DOUBLETROUBLE consists of two contrasting sections – a groovy, technical portion, and a slow, contemplative one, with both sections stated twice. The piece ends with the sound fading into nothingness, as the mind is finally at peace.
Duration: Approx. 7 minutes 30 seconds
Format: PDF solo part (Baritone Saxophone in E-flat)
The world premiere recording can be heard here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiTZwF8HfF4
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