Aboriginal Voices, Opus 21 by Neal Corwell

Instrumentation: solo tuba, euphonium, or bass trombone with CD accompaniment
Copyright: 1994
Duration: 7:30
Range: GG to e-flat-1 for tuba (GG to a-flat-1 for euph/trb with optional 8vas) Difficulty: III-IV
Publisher: Nicolai Music
Price: $20 (includes accompaniment CD and printed music with acc. cues)

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Recorded by: Velvet Brown, tuba (Heart of a Wolf CD, Nicolai Music) & Mark Nelson, tuba (Aboriginal Voices CD, Crystal Records)
Other Info: Written for Mark Nelson and premiered by Pete Hommel at 1994 The US Army Band Tuba Euphonium Conference.

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Although Aboriginal Voices is an original composition, the choices of musical and sonic materials for the accompaniment and solo lines were made after listening to many recordings of authentic music of the Aborigines. The melodic and rhythmic characteristics of the native music, as perceived by the composer, were then incorporated into the compositional process for the creation of this new work. The recorded accompaniment features a didjeridoo, simple percussion sounds, and an array of animalistic sounds created by sampling the composer’s voice. An introductory cadenza creates a mystical atmosphere, preparing the way for a primal dance. Once the dance begins, its strong rhythmic drive persists through the remainder of the composition. A strong low range and crisp consistent single-tonguing are required for an effective performance. Occasional meter changes provide a challenge, and multiphonics are used briefly during the introduction, but there are no great technical demands placed upon the soloist in this exciting and stirring staple of the solo tuba repertoire.

click here for pdf version of ABORIGINAL VOICES web sample
Aboriginal Voices web sample