Wednesday, March 12, 2008

John Stevens

Three of the pieces I contributed to the ABEL master list of chamber music pieces are works for tuba/euphonium quartet by John Stevens. These pieces are Power, Music 4 Tubas, and Dances. He wrote these pieces when he was working on his Masters at Yale between 1973-1975. All three of these pieces are still a standard in the repertoire. However, Power seems to be a favorite by most groups. 
Power is a shorter piece (under 1:30 minutes) but it is really fast paced. 
Music 4 Tubas is a 3 movement work (about 8 minutes)
I. Lively
II. Chorale
III. Rock
Dances is a single movement work divided into three parts, (Fast, Slow, Fast). 

Listening Project

Here is a list of pieces I played for our listening project. The ones with stars next to them are ones I didn't get to.

1) Pictures at an Exhibition: Bydlo Mussorgsky, Modest Petrovich (1839-1881) Burning River Brass Russian Carnival

2) Pictures at an Exhibition: Baba Yaga   Mussorgsky, Modest Petrovich (1839-1881)   Philip Jones Brass Ensemble Brass Splendour

*3) The Marriage of Figaro Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791) Monarch Tuba-Euphonium Quartet Metamorphosis

4) Queen Of The Night'S Aria From "The Magic Flute" Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791) Burning River Brass Of Knights & Castles

5) Ain't Misbehavin' Waller, Fats Empire Brass Braggin' In Brass - Music Of Duke Ellington, Etc.

*6) Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Raye, Don Empire Brass Braggin' In Brass - Music Of Duke Ellington, Etc.

7) Porgy & Bess: Summertime Gershwin, George Atlantic Brass Quintet En Concert

*8)The Earle of Oxford's March Byrd, William, arr. Howarth Chicago Brass Choir Pictures in Brass

9) Scythian Suite (Mvt. 2): The Evil God and Dance of Pagan Monsters Prokofiev, Sergei Burning River Brass Russian Carnival

10) Concertino in A Minor, Op. 94 Shostakovich, Dmitri (1906-1975) Burning River Brass Russian Carnival

*11) Toccata & Fuge BMV568 - Toccata Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750) German Brass Best of German Brass

*12) Toccata & Fuge BMV568 - - Fuge Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750) German Brass Best of German Brass

Monday, March 3, 2008

Where can you find Cd's and Sheet music?

Here are some sites where you can buy either recordings of various brass groups or sheet music of various pieces:

Tap Music sales:,CGE
This site has well over 100 CD's of Brass Chamber Music has almost 2000 CD's of brass chamber music. A lot of brass transcriptions can be found here.

Hickey's Music center Online
This is a great place to find CDs or printed music.

ITEA has it own publishing company at
Good place to find tuba/ euphonium chamber works