TWO PROLIFIC COMPOSERS FOR SOLO TUBA: THE COMPLETE WORKS OF ELIZABETH RAUM AND JAMES GRANT
Williams, Jarrod Dane
Sparks, L. Richmond
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This project began with a search for a single composer that, in the last twenty years, had written challenging, artistically fulfilling music for solo tuba. The objectives were to present their complete repertoire for solo tuba, show the solo tuba range and length of each work, and provide a reference for other tuba players wishing to perform their compositions. Guide to the Tuba Repertoire: The New Tuba Source Book, published in 2006, is a reference book containing, at the time of publication, all known repertoire for the tuba. The first six chapters discuss the tuba and its use in solo literature. Upon examining these chapters I found that no single composer had published enough works to present three full recitals of music that met all my parameters: challenging, artistically fulfilling, and written in the last twenty years. David Uber had written twentyseven pieces, but the majority had either been composed before 1990 or were designed for younger students. André Ameller and Alec Wilder each had twelve works that were very challenging, but fell outside the twenty-year parameter. I had to either alter my standards or look elsewhere for source material. I enjoyed performing the Three Furies for Solo Tuba by James Grant and the Pershing Concerto by Elizabeth Raum before in recitals. I wondered if Grant and Raum had composed more than only those works, so I searched the Internet and found their personal websites. Raum listed eleven works for tuba solo on her website and Grant’s homepage listed nine compositions for tuba. All works of both composers were written between 1991 and 2008. I had met my search parameters.