Christmas Carol / Euphonium and Tuba Quartet
Creative Vision for the Track:
I was contacted by a friend and bandmember of mine to write something for his euphonium and tuba quartet. He had several holiday performances on the books and was looking for new seasonal music. His criterion for the charts was to have the audience react with “I didn’t know tubas could sound like that!”
The two euphonium players are exceptional so I didn’t feel the need to pull punches. The tuba-ists are also top drawer so the gauntlet was thrown!
It doesn’t come across in this mockup but the ostinatos are passed between players to avoid fatigue, allow breathing, and avoid blacking out. (It also makes things a bit more interesting for the listener!)
Composition Details (Tempo, Key, Main Chords etc):
Tune: “Holly And The Ivy”
Time Signatures: Intro in 6/8, Melody largely in 7/8 with occasional 2/4 or 4/4 bars
Tempo: Keep it movin’!
Challenges: Hemiola in the opening ostinato and handing off the 3-2-2 subdivisions in the main piece.
Main Instruments used:
1 F Tuba
1 CC Tuba