Composition - Quicksilver (Solo for Eb flat Tuba - soloist grade 8, band 3+)

Quicksilver is a concert showcase for the E flat Tuba specially commissioned by Tuba Virtuoso Perry Hoogendijk. Perry is Principal Tuba with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra based in the Netherlands and wanted new repertoire for the instrument.       Section: 3+

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The piece has been composed to demonstrate the full technical and sonorous capabilities that the E flat tuba has to offer.

Quicksilver is divided into three sections: fast-slow-fast.

The opening and concluding fast sections have been composed to stretch the performer to the limit and as the title suggests, the soloist needs very quick technical skills in order to successfully negotiate and perform the difficult opening and closing sections.

The reflective middle section is a haunting slow melody that demonstrates the beautiful range and colour of the Tuba. With sonorous sounds from the Tuba this middle section fades to a mere whisper towards the end to guide us into the concluding fast section.

The recapitulation of the opening follows, this time with transformations as the piece travels to its conclusion. This is a real 'tour de force' for the Tuba and it highlights the Tuba’s technical and sonorous excellence as a soloist instrument. This is an ideal addition to the Tuba soloist repertoire.


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