for 4 euphoniums and 4 tubas
When Winston Morris asked me to write a piece to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his Tennesse Tech Tuba Ensemble, I thought it would be interesting to write a piece highlighting the attributes of some of the great tuba players I have known. The first movement, "Mr. P.", takes as its inspiration the great and elegant player Dan Perantoni. This movement is accordingly light and energic. "The New Breed" is a lyrical and flowing movement dedicated to Kent Eshelman, representative of the new generation of tuba players who will carry on the great work done by their predecessors. In "T.J. Bozo" I have tried to capture the thrill of hearing the sound of aggressive tuba playing after having heard Roger Bobo and Tommy Johnson in big orchestral works.Anthony Plog, September 2009, Freiburg i. Br., GermanyThis work was commissioned for The Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble by The Tennessee Technological University Fine Arts Foundation and Miraphone e.G.