Vast and Curious for French Horn, Tuba and Piano by James Stephenson. $30.00
Note from the Composer:
ÛÏVast and CuriousÛ is a result of a international micro-commission including talented musicians who are also wonderful people. I put out an announcement that IÛªd love to write a trio for horn, tuba and piano, and within a very short amount of time, the below list was realized, all of whom supported the project enthusiastically.
The work is in three movements. The title is of course a pun on ÛÏFast and ÛÏFuriousÛ, which also musically inspires the piece. In mine, the ÛÏcuriousÛ part is mostly exemplified in the first movement, where I took on the most unique challenge of scoring the entire thing in unison (with displaced octaves) for all three players. An energetic line worms its way throughout, providing a performance challenge I hope to be both be exhilarating and worthwhile. The ÛÏvastÛ is represented by the tuba, of course, but also in the 2nd movement I scored with a wide-open sensibility, representing Gail WilliamsÛª (premiering horn player) love for the mountains. I also desired to provide some space between the outer two frenetic movements. The last movement is mainly a romp to the finish with fun melodies and galloping rhythms.
Publisher: Stephenson Music