"Tuba Mirum" by Gareth Wood

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Anno Draconis, Feb 6, 2008.

  1. Anno Draconis

    Anno Draconis Well-Known Member

    Any idea where I can get hold of this? I think it was a national lower section testpiece in the 80s, and I've got a tape of the NYBBW playing it in about 1986, but I can't find a publisher/distributor. Failing that, anyone want to lend me a set? :D
  2. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    Boosey & Hawkes published it I think!
  3. QAD

    QAD Member

    I remember playing this with Blaina back around 1994 at the Ebbw Vale contest.
    I think their library is in the care of the cwmamon band - anyone from cwmamon on here?
    I'd forgotten about this peice, it would be good for our next own choice test peice. Thanks :clap:
  4. Anno Draconis

    Anno Draconis Well-Known Member

    Good, isn't it?

    You're right Tom, it is Boosey (Brassneck comes up trumps again :D ) but at the moment I can only find the score listed for sale. I'll keep hunting.......
  5. James Yelland

    James Yelland Active Member

    This brings back some memories! Tuba Mirum, Culloden Moor, Coliseum, and I can remember being bamboozled by Tombstone, Arizona - all those jerky rhythms and time signature changes. It all seemed very modern in those days. Listening to his recent offerings like Salome and Actaeon, his music has certainly developed over the years, hasn't it? (Assuming of course that there aren't two different Gareth Woods).
  6. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    - dare we call him 'innovative'? :rolleyes:
  7. Anno Draconis

    Anno Draconis Well-Known Member

    Nope, it's the same chap; a much underrated composer. Dance Sequence (for trombone) is also a corker, it's on the Faireys CD from when they did the double in the early 90s.

    It would seem that Just Music sell Tuba Mirum but it's "price on application" so we'll see.

    Thanks for the responses so far.....:D
  8. tat

    tat Member

    Whitworth have it, I can remember playing it at the finals. You can always pop up and borrow it until you can track down a set of your own.
  9. James Yelland

    James Yelland Active Member

    And also on the old Brass with Class CD by Fodens & Snell.

    I have a copy of the old Sounding Brass magazine which included a review of a gala concert which featured the premiere of this work (the soloist was Don Lusher, I think). The reviewer "imagined that everyone would by now have congratulated the composer on his fine new work - so may I differ by saying it was a load of old tosh" or words to that effect.

    Which just goes to show that all one can offer is one's honest opinion!
  10. Anno Draconis

    Anno Draconis Well-Known Member

    Many thanks for that, I'll bear that in mind if I'm struggling to get hold of a set.
  11. JR

    JR Member

    It was the National Finals 4th section test around 1981/2 held at Wembley (I think) and most definitely won by Warren Band (from Wakefield) with a certain D Beckley conducting...
    And Mike Sidebottom on solo trombone

    How do i know this? - Duncan hasnt stopped going on about it for the last 26 years

    Great piece by the way - blows away this year's 4th section "Symphony"

    John R
  12. tat

    tat Member

    1982 at hammersmith town hall if memory serves me right, and Whitworth came 5th.
  13. BMMB

    BMMB New Member

    You are spot on Tat! Hammersmith Town Hall, 1982 with a solo in the opening few bars of the piece by yours truely on Solo Horn. As a teenager at his first Nationals the adrenalin was running down my leg!!!!;)
  14. tat

    tat Member

    I had the same feeling the year after in the Albert Hall!!!

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