The Tuba Chronicles
for solo tuba and narrator with video
and surround sound on dvd
Work in Progress
Music and Video: Gary
Drawings: Alberto Longoni
Story: Robert LeJeune
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draft material from the piece. Pages of
score and sample sounds.
"A small circus appeared at the edge of town. Could
he find his future there? People would certainly want to hear him play.
They would take pleasure in the sound as he confronted danger overhead
on the high wire. His success would be assured."
The Tuba Chronicles is based on a story by Robert LeJeune
and drawings by Alberto Longoni. The original story was in Italian but
was published in German in 1960. The present version was translated
into English by the composer.
This is the story of a boy whose father dies in the first
scene leaving behind his tuba. The boy eventually grows into the instrument
and starts a life of adventure and disappointment. He joins the circus,
falls in love, loses the girl to a rich man then moves on to the life
of a street musician in the city. I'll save the ending for the performance.
Longoni's drawings are animated and transformed with
imaging software on a Macintosh computer. The electronic soundtrack
is made by manipulating familiar tuba passages recorded by Mr. Stull.
The solo tuba part is an interweaving of motives from the same set of
The DVD contains multiple soundtracks. The main track
is the electronic accompaniment alone. An alternate soundtrack contains
the narrator's part so that the piece can be performed by a tuba player
alone. The accompaniment is intended for 5.1 surround sound but stereo
tracks are provided with and without narrator. The DVD is organized
in "scenes" to facilitate rehearsal.