Announcing: a new commissioning project with Robert Litton!
I am excited to announce a consortium commissioning composer Robert Litton to write a substantial concerto for tuba and wind ensemble. Litton is a Southern California based composer who divides his time between the Hollywood scoring stage and the concert hall. His writing is inviting, colorful, accessible, extremely well crafted, and invariably tells a gripping story. For this project he wishes to depict the life of a matador leading up to, and culminating with, a bullfight. Designed for those looking for a fresh addition to the tuba and wind band repertoire, this concerto promises to be far more melodic, diverse, and “audience friendly” than most contemporary works and will be ideal for featuring star student, faculty, and guest soloists in recruiting, touring, and on-campus festival performances.
Difficulty: Wind Ensemble = grade 5 (with probable grade 4 and 6 movements). Tuba
Solo: grade 6.
Length: 10-15 minutes.
Format: Multiple scenes (movements) allowing the piece to be performed as a whole or in selected movements.
Commission buy-in: $500 (facilitated through CBDNA)
Timeline: Consortium commitments are due by December 1, 2017. The concerto is scheduled to be completed in Fall 2018 when it will be premiered by Zach Collins and the IUP Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Timothy A. Paul, recorded and released on an album by the same group, and with score and parts available to consortium members shortly after this performance.
Standard wind ensemble (1 on a part with no “extra” instruments such as harp, piano, or exotic percussion):
3 Flutes (3rd = Piccolo)
3 Oboes (3rd = Eng Horn)
3 Clarinets (3rd = Bass Clarinet)
3 Bassoons (3rd = contra)
4 Saxes (A, A, T, B)
3 Trombones (3rd = Bass Trombone)
1 Tuba Soloist
4-6 Percussion (including timp)