Concertino for Tuba and
Written in 1988 for Jim
Gourlay and first performed by him with the Sun Life Band in December of that
The piece opens slowly with
a dreamy song-like theme for the soloist against a background of gentle muted
figures. After a brief interlude for the band, the soloist returns and winds
down into a short cadenza before returning to a varied version of the opening
theme. A second variation follows and this leads to a lively vivo in sonata form
with much rhythmic interplay between band and soloist.
As a climax is reached the percussion section breaks into a repeated ostinato figure against which the soloist plays the third and most elaborate cadenza, in free time. This eventually leads back to a recapitulation of the vivo and a hectic coda, which brings the work to a conclusion.