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    Ralph Vaughan Williams - Bass Tuba Concerto

    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Bass Tuba Concerto in F Minor (1954)
    In 3 Movements
    Soloist - Patrick Harrild (Bass Tuba)
    London Symphony Orchestra
    Conductor - Bryden Thomson
    Chandos

    First Movement -
    1. Prelude. Allegro Moderato
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    Second Movement -
    2. Romance - Andante Sostenuto
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    Third Movement -
    3. Presto
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    This little concerto is by Ralph Vaughan Williams, one of England’s greatest composers. It was written in 1954 and is only just over 13 minutes long. A late work of his. I bring it to your attention because it’s so unusual. It was thought at the time it was just a display of eccentricity on behalf of the elderly composer. So it was rarely performed. After all, which ‘serious composer’ would write such a work ? But over time its been increasingly recognised to be a real masterpiece of the 20th century. Almost autobiographical with its composer, a great lover of nature and country life reflecting on a rapidly changing modern world.

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    Aloha Mr. Newman,

    I've played it on my Contrabass Trombone with accompaniment provided by an organist who had transcribed the orchestral parts for organ. It a great piece which I love to play. Thanx for sharing about it.

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    Great to hear this Corno Dolce ! Yes, it's a great piece - far more in this music than it first seems.

    Regards

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    Admiral Maestoso marval's Avatar
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    Hi Robert,

    Thank you for that, it is a lovely little piece. It is quite different to his other works, but it is interesting to listen to.


    Margaret

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    I had that featured in the Unusual Concertos series on my blog (which I had to purge after complaints about offering MP3's). Great piece.

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    Hi there Art Rock,

    I'm glad we both like this and let's hope nobody complains.

    Regards

    Robert

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    Why, when I play these files, does the name of Norman del Mar appear in the tag information as conductor?

    Anyway, it's an entertaining work, certainly - it could be by Vaughan Williams and no one else. A slightly clearer recording of it exists on this CD, which also features the (IMO) superior Tuba Concerto by John Golland:




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