If you can YouTube and you aren’t tone deaf then I guarantee you will enjoy this. (The guy performing reminds me of my guitar teacher who would liven up lessons by reducing the entire career of any artist I named to a needle-sharp one-minute musical pastiche. Much as I admire the songwriting of The Police he even managed to nail them.)
23Dec06 — 8
At least the cello has an elgar concerto. The best a tuba player gets is a piece by the man who wrote grandad.
The cello also has 2 Shostakovich concertos and a sonata, a Prokofiev sonata and the Symphonia Concertante, 5 Beethoven sonatas for ‘cello and piano, 2 Kodaly sonatas, 6 Bach suites, a slightly OTT Dvorak concerto, a Grieg sonata and Schumann and Haydn concertos – among others. Bach, LvB and the 20thC works are the best.
Tim, mun, Vaughan Williams – an honorary Welsh – wrote a tuba concerto. Crap, mind.
I found a recording of it. It’s hardly the Pastoral Symphony, is it?
Very true, Tim, neither his own nor Beethoven’s. I reckon he had to write it after losing a bet with Michael Tippett about who wrote the least worthwhile opera.
Harrison Birtwistle got to keep that trophy after winning it so many times.
Tim, if anyone ever heard Thomas Ades’s “Powder Her Face” they might ask Harrison “Too Many Surnames” Britwhistle for his trophy back. And a Happy New Year to you and all adepts of the Geek – including the Meistergeek himself.
You can buy it on DVD from Amazon. Not many people do, though.