Friday, April 29, 2011

Not just "oom paahs" - Czardas by Vittorio Monti

above: Patrick Sheridan with his uniquely finished Jupiter EEb playing Czardas.

Czardas is based on a Hungarian folk song. This Czardas was originally written for Violin in 1904. This is a great piece for Tuba players because it has a beautiful melodic section, and a fast moving technical section. It is also a fun piece to use because people who are unfamiliar with Tuba are often amazed that Tubas can play something faster than quarter notes. 
Here is a video of an orchestrated version of Czardas with the Violin solo:

Here is John Fletcher (playing a Besson EEb compensating Tuba) performing Czardas.
Here is Oystein Baadsvik (playing what looks like a Miraphone F) performing Czardas.
And lastly, here is the Miraphone Tuba Quartet performing Czardas.
Patrick Sheridan offers a great transcription of Czardas on his website. You can find it:

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