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Performer Guides: Tuba/Euphonium

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Finding Repertoire for the Tuba and Euphonium:

If you're looking for new repertoire to perform, it is often helpful to browse the Music Library's scores. The following call number ranges are for tuba music; individual works within these numbers are arranged alphabetically by composer or arranger:

  • M95-M99, Tuba alone
  • M264-M265, Tuba and piano
  • M357.2, Brass trios
  • M557.4, Brass quintets
  • M1034, Tuba with orchestra (full score)
  • M1035, Tuba with orchestra (piano reduction)
  • M1105, Tuba with string orchestra (full score)
  • M1106, Tuba with string orchestra (piano reduction)
  • M1366, Jazz ensembles

Excerpts, etudes, and instructional materials are classified in the MT range and housed in the same location as books:

  • ​MT482, Systems and methods
  • MT485, Studies and exercises
  • MT486, Orchestral studies (excerpts)

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Selected Books on the Tuba and Euphonium:

Cover of Mr. Tuba with a black and white photograph of Harvey Phillips with colorful music notes coming out of the bell of his tuba.

Mr. Tuba

With warmth and humor, tuba virtuoso Harvey Phillips tells the story of his amazing life and career from his Missouri childhood through his days as a performer with the King Brothers and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circuses, his training at the Juilliard School, a stint with the US Army Field Band, and his freelance days with the New York City Opera and Ballet. A founder of the New York Brass Quintet, Phillips served as vice president of the New England Conservatory of Music and became Distinguished Professor of Music at Indiana University. The creator of an industry of TubaChristmases, Octubafests, and TubaSantas, he crusaded for recognition of the tuba as a serious musical instrument, commissioning more than 200 works. Enhanced by an extensive gallery of photographs, Mr. Tuba conveys Phillips's playful zest for life while documenting his important musical legacy.

Cover of the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble with photographs of the ensemble and R. Winston Morris.

The Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble and R. Winston Morris: A 40th Anniversary Retrospective

The Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble (TTTE) is one of the most successful performing collegiate ensembles in history, with an enviable record of 25 recording projects, seven Carnegie Hall appearances, two World's Fairs performances, numerous national and international conference engagements, and a performance history in venues like Preservation Hall in New Orleans, the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, and the Kennedy Center in Washington. The Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble and R. Winston Morris: A 40th Anniversary Retrospective lists all of these events and more. It tells how Morris founded an ensemble comprised only of tubas and euphoniums (the "underdogs" of the orchestra) and catapulted it to international recognition, establishing and defining the standards for tuba ensemble performance practices and creating a monumental influence on both the tuba and music education throughout the world. The book provides a biography of Morris that includes the influences that led to the development of the TTTE, and it describes the early years of the ensemble and its development as one of the most recognizable groups of its kind. Several lists of reference information specific to Morris and the group--and general to tuba and euphonium music--are offered.

Black cover of Euphonium Repertoire with photograph of a euphonium and text in purple and lime green.

Guide to the Euphonium Repertoire: The Euphonium Source Book

Guide to the Euphonium Repertoire is the most definitive publication on the status of the euphonium in the history of this often misunderstood and frequently under-appreciated instrument. This volume documents the rich history, the wealth of repertoire, and the incredible discography of the euphonium. Music educators, composers/arrangers, instrument historians, performers on other instruments, and students of the euphonium (baritone horn, tenor tuba, etc.) will find the exhaustive research evident in this volume's pages to be compelling and comprehensive. Contributors are Lloyd Bone, Brian L. Bowman, Neal Corwell, Adam Frey, Marc Dickman, Bryce Edwards, Seth D. Fletcher, Carroll Gotcher, Atticus Hensley, Lisa M. Hocking, Sharon Huff, Kenneth R. Kroesche, R. Winston Morris, John Mueller, Michael B. O'Connor, Eric Paull, Joseph Skillen, Kelly Thomas, Demondrae Thurman, Matthew J. Tropman, and Mark J. Walker.

Black cover of Tuba Repertoire with a photograph of the bell of a tuba on its side and text in pale blue and lime green.

Guide to the Tuba Repertoire, Second Edition

Guide to the Tuba Repertoire is the most comprehensive investigation ever undertaken into the literature and discography of any single musical instrument. Under the direction of R. Winston Morris and Daniel Perantoni, this publication represents more than 40 years of research by dozens of leading professionals throughout the world. The guide defines the current status of the tuba and documents its growth since its inception in 1835. Contributors are Ron Davis, Jeffrey Funderburk, David Graves, Skip Gray, Charles A. McAdams, R. Winston Morris, Mark A. Nelson, Timothy J. Northcut, Daniel Perantoni, Philip Sinder, Joseph Skillen, Kenyon Wilson, and Jerry A. Young.

Yellow cover of Program Notes for Solo Tuba with picture of a concert tuba.

Program Notes for the Solo Tuba

"This is a valuable reference tool for any serious tuba scholar." --TUBA Journal Reviews "... an excellent resource... " --American Music Teacher Program notes, written by the composers themselves, describe 88 works for the solo tuba. Includes works for the tuba alone, tuba and piano, and tuba with other types of accompaniment. Each entry gives complete publication data, a history of the piece, its instrumentation and movements, and a description of its musical structure and characteristics. Gary Bird provides an invaluable resource for students, teachers, and professional performers in building repertoire and in gaining insight into a vital body of contemporary music.

Teaching Low Brass

The purpose of this textbook is to provide resourses about teaching low brass instruments to music educators and future music educators. The book was developed by Steven Maxwell as part of the open/alternative textbook initiative at Kansas State University. It Is the textbook used for the Kansas State University course Music 239-Low Brass Techniques and Materials. The textbook focuses on two areas: basic information including pedagogical material for teaching low brass students and low brass etudes. The information is divided into several categories including brass history, the overtone series, general intonation tendencies, embouchure, instruments and equipment, literature, maintenance, vibrato, and low brass in the marching band. Pedagogical material is interspersed throughout each of the chapters. Etudes are incorporated in the appendix of the textbook. These etudes are intended to be used in a laboratory setting with future music educators learning each low brass instrument for the first time. Instrument fingerings, slide positions, and simple warm-up material is also available in the appendix.

An Illustrated Dictionary for the Modern Trombone, Tuba, and Euphonium Player

Modern low brass instruments--trombone, tuba, and euphonium--have legions of ancestors, cousins, and descendants in over five-hundred years of history. Prominent scholar and performer Douglas Yeo provides a unique, accessible reference guide that addresses a broad range of relevant topics and brings these instruments to life with clear explanations and the most up-to-date research. Brief biographies of many path-changing individuals highlight their influence on instrument development and use. The book's inclusive scope also recognizes the work of diverse, influential artists whose important contributions to trombone and tuba history and development have not previously been acknowledged in other literature. Extensive illustrations by Lennie Peterson provide insight into many of the entries.