||"Concerto for Tuba and Strings" was written by Micky Wrobleski in 2017. Dedicated to Dr. Jerry A. Young, Emeritus Professor of Tuba at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The Concerto for Tuba and String Orchestra was composed for Dr. Jerry A. Young, (ret.)Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Since the first time that I met “Doc” Young, I had always wanted to compose something which was a good musical representation of the character of the man himself— a person who loves life, who is introspective, who has a wicked sense of humor, who has compassion for all he knows, who is wholly empathetic, a person who is world in his actions and pursuits. I believe that with this Concerto, I have done so to the best of my abilities.
The first movement is highly rhythmical, and requires a high degree of technical facility and flexibility on the part of the soloist. Virtuosity and expression are key to a successful performance. The movement is interrupted by a brief solo Cadenza and then returns with a short re statement of the opening melodic material.
The second movement, entitled “Romanza” is meant to highlight the expressive capabilities of the soloist. A pizzicato ostinato in the Contrabass and cello underpins a plaintive melody in the Solo Tuba. The upper strings continue the line of the tuba until we are brought into a dream-like world in 7/8. After this short excursion, we are returned to the ostinato figure which has a small swell before taking us to the end of the movement.
The third movement is a celebration of life and composed of uplifting motions that carry us seamlessly through keys and colors with flourishes from the soloist and the orchestra. A brief cadenza before a short coda harkening back to the fist movement bring the Finale to a conclusion filled with hope and joy.
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