by Kenyon Wilson
Decimation for Euphonium Duet
Kenyon Wilson is Assistant Professor of Tuba/Euphonium at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Principal Tubist with the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra in Alabama and the Augusta Symphony Orchestra in Georgia. His past teaching positions include full-time appointments at Central Michigan University, Valdosta State University in Georgia, and the Baku Music Academy in Azerbaijan where he served as a Lecturing U.S. Fulbright Scholar. He has performed solo recitals in thirty-one states in the U.S. and internationally in Canada, Japan, Germany, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia. Dr. Wilson holds degrees from the University of Georgia, Baylor University, and Tennessee Technological University.
His music is available on five albums—recorded by Ben Pierce, Symphonia, and the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble. Dr. Wilson’s fanfare Kerfuffle was featured in the Arts section of the Wall Street Journal in April 2008.
Dr. Wilson recently collaborated on the publications Guide to the Tuba Repertoire: The New Tuba Source Book and Music Through Time: An Appreciation of Music in Europe and America. He has authored seven articles for the ITEA Journal, published eight works for tuba/euphonium ensemble, and serves as an associate editor of the ITEA Journal. In 2008, he was presented the Orpheus Award from the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity, Beta Alpha Chapter.
The definition of decimation is “the removal or destruction of one-tenth.” Kenyon Wilson’s newest composition Decimation, written for euphonium duet, uses the idea of decimation throughout the entire work. Decimation is set in 10/8 meter, and to stay true to the definition, each measure contains one eighth rest, which is one tenth of the measure. The form is rondo (A-B-A-C-A-B-A), and every return of the “A” theme is decimated—the first statement is 10 measures long, the second is 9 measures, the third is 8.1 measures, etc. The “B” and “C” themes provide lyrical contrast along with color and texture to the decimated “A” sections. Decimation is full of quick rhythmic motives and exciting themes that enhance the character of the overall work.
Other Compositions by Kenyon Wilson:
Dance No. 1 for tuba/euphonium quartet
Tuba Quartet No. 1 for tuba/euphonium quartet
Shades of Gray for tuba/euphonium quartet
Triskaidekaphile for tuba/euphonium quartet
Tubaku for tuba duet
Kerfuffle for brass choir
Trifecta for brass quintet
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