"The Dancing Giants" (Suite for Two Tubas) was written in 1995 to fill a void: the lack of tuba duets that people had fun playing AND people wouldn't mind LISTENING to! With movement titles like "Marching Tubas", "Waltzing Tubas", "Twinkling Tubas", "Tubas on the Sea", and "Tubas at the Circus", The Dancing Giants has a little something for everyone. The original version was written on hand made staff paper in blue ink. Fortunately, this version is much easier to read, but still just as fun to play and hear.
Two Moods" for Clarinet and Tuba was composed for and dedicated to my dear friend and former colleague, clarinetist extraordinaire, Mr. David Griffiths. David and I were colleagues in the, no defunct, Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony. David new I dabbled in composing, and suggested I write something a little easy and a little crazy for us to play. "Two Moods" is a result of that request.
Performer's Editions - as recorded by Gene Pokorny
"I have had requests for music recorded both on "Tuba Tracks" and my "Big Boy" discs for some time. Micky Wrobleski's very clear and readable compilation of some of these arrangements are gradually being released so other tuba players may have the opportunity of playing some if this music as well." - Gene Pokorny
The complete “Visions Fugitives” is a twenty movement work written early in Prokofiev’s career between 1915 and 1917. This printed edition is a compilation of his original music, the transcriber’s (Beth A. Lodal) and the performers’ further editing. Transcriptions, as noted by trombonist extraordinaire Ralph Sauer, should bring a new light to the original music which may further enhance the deeper intentions of the composer, perhaps even further than even the composer’s original choice of medium. An effective transcription is dependent on the capabilities, insight and imagination of transcriber, performer, and listener(s). In preparing for your own performances of this music, you are highly encouraged to consult the original music and listen to several recordings of that music played on the intended instrument (solo piano). Be very open to the idea of changing the transcription if it better satisfies your vision of what the composer’s desires.
This work was written as a wedding gift for one of the composers I have done a good deal of recording work for. The piece is quite challenging for all parts, yet all the work is worth it in the end. This is a nice addition to the standard brass quintet wedding repertoire.
This piece is dedicated to my colleagues and friends with whom I have come to know throughout my time working in China. The music tells a story of fear, tragedy, anxiety, hope, and promise. Written with the CC tuba in mind, however, very playable on bass tuba, this work is very demanding.