A Solo Instrument Of The Orchestra With String Bass

1936 Words May 1st, 2015 8 Pages
Although the tuba has been around for more 150 years, it 's prominence as a solo instrument did not appear until 100 years after. The tuba shares the role as lowest instrument in the orchestra with string bass. The tuba 's thick, round sound serves as the foundation for the ensemble in both timbre and intonation. Typically never popping out of texture in melodically, the tuba offers the orchestra with a bass voice that defines the harmonic sequence of the music played through the root and inversions. Composers in the 19th century had trouble writing for the tuba. The instrument, being new, seemed to only offer the parallel role of the string bass in the brass section. However, some composers attempted to experiment with the unique range and timbre of the instrument. Berlioz was highly fascinated with the tuba and wrote virtuosic solo in the high range of the instrument in his Hungarian March. Other instances of orchestral excerpts that employed non-cliche tuba writing include Gustav Mahler 's Symphony No. 1, Sergei Prokofiev 's Symphony No. 5, and Richard Wagner 's Die Meistersinger. Despite the integration of tuba in melodic lines in the orchestra, no sign of a prominent tuba solo came until the mid-1950s. It was not until 1954 that a composer wrote a solo for tuba and accompaniment, this being Ralph Vaughn Williams Concerto for Basstuba and Orchestra. However, the true precursor to all solo music for tuba and accompaniment came a year later. Paul Hindemith composed…
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