Rainmaker; Fantasy for Tubas, Euphoniums, Percussion and Piano

In the not so distant future, human civilization has imploded. Populations have dwindled to small scatterings of primitive tribes. One such tribe finds itself on the brink of death for lack of water. Desperate, the people beg their chief to call upon the Rainmaker; the chief’s estranged sister to call down the rain.  Not until his only son falls ill does he relent and summon the exhiled shaman.  But will it rain?

Difficulty: College/Professional Duration: 15′ Instrumentation: Tuba Solo, Tuba/Euphonium Quartet,  3-4 Percussionist, Piano

RainmakerFS-may 2014  -perusal score

SOLO TUBA PART ONLY

Buy Now Button with Credit Cards  Digital Download $5.50

Buy Now Button with Credit Cards  Sheet Music $11.00

SCORE AND PARTS

Buy Now Button with Credit Cards  Digital Download $20.00

Buy Now Button with Credit Cards  Sheet Music $50.00

 Piano Reduction (for those who atttend schools where the PERCUSIONISTS charge :/)

Finally! Rainmaker for Tubas and Piano

Posted: September 26, 2014 in Blog

Rainmaker; Fantasy for Tubas and Piano – For Rachel Matz

Originally premiered as a work for large percussion ensemble (9 batterys) and after multiple requests, I have arranged this piece so it can be performed with just one (fiendishly good) pianist.  Here is the incomparable Rachel Matz premiering this version.

Here is a rendering with slightly better audio

Difficulty: College/Professional Duration: 15′ Instrumentation: Tuba Solo, Tuba/Euphonium Quartet, Piano

Rainmaker2013-pno-ALL-reduction-FS-perusal -perusal score

SOLO TUBA PART ONLY

Buy Now Button with Credit Cards  Digital Download $5.50

Buy Now Button with Credit Cards  Sheet Music $11.00

SCORE AND PARTS

Buy Now Button with Credit Cards  Digital Download $20.00

Buy Now Button with Credit Cards  Sheet Music $35.00

Reduction (for Piano and Quartet accomp.) for those who attend schools in which the PERCUSSION students are so good, they need to be paid to do a recital.   However, this requires a FIENDISHLY good pianist.

“Firm Land” For Tubas and Euphoniums (6 or 8 parts)

Firm Land is about loss, apology, forgiveness and those sorts of things.  It is lyrically melodic with some groovy chords and a very soft ending.

Difficulty: Advanced High School –  College; mutes needed.

Duration: 7′

Instrumentation: 6 or 8 parts; (3 or 4 Euphoniums, 3 or 4 Tubas)

 

*Perusal Score  Firm Land2014-no print

FULL SCORE ONLY
Digital Download $10.00
Buy Now Button with Credit Cards

Sheet Music $20.00
Buy Now Button with Credit Cards

 

SCORE AND PARTS
Digital Download $20.00
Buy Now Button with Credit Cards
Sheet Music $40
Buy Now Button with Credit Cards

 

FREE SHIPPING

*Please indicate whether you want the 6 part or 8 part version

“Epidemic Anthemic” For Tubas and Euphoniums (8 parts)

21st Century Tuba Music! Epidemic Anthemic  communicates and explores complex emotional states from mania to lucid peace; very dynamic.  This piece uses a few mutes and doesn’t really have any ‘easy’ parts.

Difficulty: Advanced College

Duration: 12′

Instrumentation: 8 parts; 4 Euphoniums,  4 Tubas

 

EpidemicAnthemic-no print

 

FULL SCORE ONLY
Digital Download $10.00
Buy Now Button with Credit Cards
Sheet Music $20.00
Buy Now Button with Credit Cards

 

SCORE AND PARTS
Digital Download $25.00
Buy Now Button with Credit Cards
Sheet Music $50
Buy Now Button with Credit Cards

I woke up this afternoon (yes this afternoon), cooked some breakfast (yes, for lunch) to notice it was the birthday of my long time teacher, mentor and one of  THEEE best human beings I know, Jay Hunsberger.   I posted the obligatory birthday salute on Facebook,  hit post and started to inhale my meal.  10 seconds later I found my self deleting the post, realizing that Jay certainly deserved better.

I have known Jay for over 20 years now.  Of all the teachers of music I’ve had the pleasure to learn from in my 38 years (I have had many),  Jay has been the singularly the best all around.  He has the ability to push his students to the very edges of their ability and beyond.  His pedagogical approach (which constantly is evolving) is intelligent and attacks from multiple points of view beside just the Tuba.  Jay is one of those rare teachers that does not just show you how to play your instrument but rather teaches MUSIC and even more importantly How to be a great musician by serving as a shining example of what a great musician, teacher and person is.  Jay can both ‘do’ and ‘teach’.   He is always beyond positive, the best cheerleader one would have.  He is relentlessly giving of his time and energy.  He is a gem and I am not the first to refer to him as Florida’s best kept secret (although I doubt the secret will stay so much longer).

I met Jay as a high school student at Winter Park High School in the late 80’s (sorry, now they know how old me we are).  He was one of the low brass clinicians for summer band camp.   I had never really heard a great tuba soloist before.   Lucky for me Jay would be the first; (Encounters 2,  if I recall and a few excerpts).  I was floored.  I had heard recordings and good ones.  But to actually, in the flesh, see it was possible to make this giant hunk of metal speak the way Jay could, truly inspired me.  I was bit.   From then on,  I would  practice everyday after school for hours and hours.  Luckily my band director, Dr. Ken Williams another huge, formative influence on me was also a tuba player and also very generous with solos and recordings which were instrumental (no pun intended) in my musical studies.  I remember him telling Jay during a break once,  “[tim] is gonna be one of the good guys”  It made my spirit soar.  Remarkably enough, several years later, I would be one of his first students at the University of  South Florida.   I remember the excitement all the Tuba players had when we heard news Jay would be joining the faculty.  Everyone was buzzing (sorry, another pun) and it never really went away.  Even today, Jay is viewed by  his faculty colleagues as a leader and go to person in the school of music.

I never got a degree in Tuba.  I ended up changing majors to composition and as such,  would see less and less of Jay as the tuba studio (now one of the best hands down) got bigger and better.  I have strayed from music (for years at a stretch) a few times in my life.  They have always ended up being my lowest points.   Whenever I finally came to my senses though, It was always Jay who, as if I was never away, was willing to let me back into the fold with open arms,  a smile and a school horn.  For this and all the wonderful opportunities Jay has given me.  I am eternally thankful.  Happy Birthday Jay.