ITEA Gem Series No. 32by John Elliot
John Elliott is a freelance London tubist. He studied with John Fletcher from 1968-73 and has held positions in several orchestras both in the UK and elsewhere. Like all freelancers these days, he has to be prepared to diversify, and as well as playing tuba, ophicléïde and cimbasso in symphony and opera orchestras he also plays sousaphone, serpent, didgeridoo, double bass, bass saxophone, and several other non-bassline instruments. He is the author of “The One-Stop Didgeridoo Book” which is available from http://www.tubagear.com/didj_info.html
This duet is from a series of ten “Searching Studies” for Euphonium (or Trombone) and Cimbasso (or Tuba). They were written for two reasons: 1) I had just taken delivery of a new cimbasso, and 2) a trombonist colleague was recovering from a facial nerve injury and wanted new material to play to help rebuild his chops. All these duets are a little “tongue in cheek,” and are meant to be fun. Included here is the last of the “Searching Studies.” It is meant to be particularly happy. Play it with a nice, swingy Charleston feel and enjoy!