Alarum - Edward Gregson - for unaccompanied tuba

£13.95 - £13.75
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Alarum for solo tuba was written, especially for James Gourlay, and was first performed by him at the Adrian Boult HJall, Birmingham on February 13,, 1994.

The title of the work derives from an old English word, meaning a 'call to arms', and I have taken this to be a primitive (that is primeval) call, and hence the opening gesture of the piece, which is meant to imitate a tribal like intensity. The opening four note set of pitches is taken from the name of the dedicatee.

The piece is divided into three main sections and runs continuously. The first section is by turns, aggressive, nervous and lyrical. The second section is melodic and peaceful, but reaches a climax when the two themes, lyrical and rhythmic, are juxtaposed against each other. The last section is dance-like in character with changing time patterns which lead back to the very opening statement of the piece.

Published by Gramercy Music


Difficulty 5.5/6

Duration: 8 minutes

Supplied with solo part in BC only.

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