Three Miniatures for the Not-So-Miniature (2014)

I. Sonore
II. Pastorale
III. Perpetuum

Instrumentation
Solo Tuba
3(3d.Picc).2(2d.CorA).2+1.2 - 4.3.3.0 - Timp+3Perc - Hp. - Strings (8.6.4.3.2)
Percussion Equipment: Crotales, Marimba, Chimes, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Bass Drum, Suspended Cymbal, Large Tam-Tam, High Woodblock, Snare Drum, Hi-Hat

Length
9'

Program Note

Three Miniatures for the Not-So-Miniature is an exploration of orchestral textures featuring the Tuba as it’s primary voice. An instrument who’s lyrical beauty is far underestimated, the Tuba functions as a translator of sorts, detailing the various textural expeditions to the audience in a melodically comprehensible vocabulary. Three Miniatures is composed for Benjamin Ruesch, a tubist studying Music Performance and Education at UMass Lowell, in honor of his accomplishments in the 2013 Orchestra Concerto Competition.

Premiere
April 25th, 2014
Dr. Mark Latham, Conductor
Benjamin Ruesch, Tuba
UMass Lowell Symphony Orchestra
for Benjamin Ruesch in honor of his success in the 2013 UML Symphony Concerto Competition
Durgin Concert Hall, UMass Lowell; Lowell, MA