Lifetime Achievement Awards

Lifetime Achievement Awards

Walter Hartley, Daniel Perantoni, Alec Wilder, & Peter Hirsbrunner, Sr. and Anton Meinl

Periodically, TUBA recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the euphonium and tuba world. At the ITEC 2000 Regina, four such individuals were recognized. We would like to share the citations read at the presentation of these awards with the full membership. – the Editor


Walter S. Hartley

The great strides that the tuba and euphonium have made in the last four decades have been made possible in large part by composer friends who have adopted our cause as their own, composing quality literature for us when our instruments needed it the most. WALTER HARTLEY is one of those valued composer friends.

inline_5_https://archive.iteaonline.org/members/journal/28N1/28N1img/hartley.jpg Born in 1927 in Washington, D.C., Walter Hartley began composing at age five, and was already a serious composer by age sixteen. Receiving three degrees from the Eastman School of Music, his teachers included Burrill Phillips, Thomas Canning, Herbert Elwell, Bemard Rogers, Howard Hanson, and Dante Fiorillo. From 1956 – 1964, he taught theory and composition at the famed National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan. It was at Interlochen that our Hartley tuba and euphonium fortunes shined for the first time. It was here that Hartley met tubist Rex Conner, resulting in two important and standard works in the repertory – the Sonatina for Tuba and Piano (1957), and the famous Suite for Tuba (1962). From this point on. Hartley’s compositional career always included a steady output of major works for our instruments, including such contributions as the Sonata for Tuba (1967), the Concertino for Tuba and Wind Ensemble (1969), the Bi-Valve Suite (1971), the Miniatures for 4 Valve Instruments (1976), the Sonata Euphonica (1979), the Concerto for Tuba and Percussion Orchestra, the Euphonium Concerto (1980), and the Sextet for Sob Euphonium and Woodwirtd Quintet (1993). In total. Hartley’s output to date includes at least thirty-six compositions for the tuba and euphonium.

Walter Hartley is Professor Emeritus of Music and Composerin- Residence at State University College in Fredonia, New York. His compositions span many genres from orchestra and band to many solo and chamber works for a variety of instruments, almost all of which are published and available today. All tubists and euphoniumists owe much to Walter Hartley for his love and unwavering support of our instruments.

It is with great honor that the Executive Committee of T.U.B.A. awards Mr. Walter S. Hartley our most distinguished award, the Lifetime Achievement Award, for contributions in the field of composition.

Daniel Perantoni

inline_940_https://archive.iteaonline.org/members/journal/28N1/28N1img/perantoni.jpgLegendary tuba artist, teacher, and pedagogue Daniel Perantoni has made a long lasting and international impact on music for over four decades. As a performer, he has been a trailblazer in a variety of genres including work as a solo recitalist, chamber musician, and even jazz. His recordings of such major works for the tuba as Thom Ritter George Sonata, Wyatt’s Three for One for tuba and tape, the Jager Concerto, and McBeth’s Daniel in the Lion’s Den are legendary. He is largely responsible for the popularity of the F tuba among professionals in the United States, championing the use and design of new instruments and equipment throughout his career. His work with his friends in the famed Matteson-Phillips Tubajazz Consort paved the way for the recent tuba-euphonium jazz explosion. In recent years, his performances with such respected ensembles as the Summit Brass, Symphonia, and the St. Louis Brass Quintet have done nothing but increase his standing as a “tubist’s tubist.” Perantoni’s lyrical, clear, and singing tone, along with his impeccable musical style have made him not only a respected, but revered and legendary musician.

Perantoni’s early career saw studies with legendary teacher/performers Arnold Jacobs and Harvey Phillips, resulting in his first professional position with the United States Army Band (Pershing’s Own).

As a teacher, few if any teachers have matched his success at the University of Illinois, Arizona State University, and now at Indiana University. A true legion of former students hold prestigious positions in major performing ensembles around the world. Their success is the best testimony to his abilities as a teacher, mentor, and friend.

It is with great honor that the Executive Committee of T.U.B.A. presents to Daniel Perantoni our highest award, the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Alec Wilder

inline_895_https://archive.iteaonline.org/members/journal/28N1/28N1img/wilder.jpgAmerican composer Alec Wilder is respected throughout the world as a writer of popular song and as author of the award winning text, American Popular Song – the Great Innovators 1900- 1950, published by Oxford University Press. To the general public Wilder is perhaps best known for such songs as I’ll Be Around, While We’re Young, It’s So Peaceful in the Country, and Blackberry Winter. Wilder’s formal education in music was confined to two years of counterpoint at the Eastman School of Music. Largely self-taught. Wilder evolved an independent attitude, which made him unique as a composer. He was impassioned by his love for music, musicians, and an unwavering concern for nature and the innocence of children. He was the most loyal and devoted of friends and gave of himself so intently to each firiendship that many of his friends felt possessive of him; he was their Alec!

In 1959 he met Harvey Phillips through their mutual friend, John Barrows. This meeting culminated in a recording by the New York Brass Quintet of Wilder’s Brass Quintet No. I. That same year Harvey Phillips recorded his Sonata No. 1 for Tuba and Piano. A close friendship between Phillips and Wilder developed and resulted in the composition of many additional works for tuba including the beautiful and haunting Song for Carol. To honor the birth of each of Harvey and Carol Phillips’ children. Wilder wrote suites for tuba and piano. The Jesse Suite (1964), The Little Harvey Suite (1966), and The Thomas Suite (1968). He dedicated a Second Sonata for Tuba and Piano to Harvey Phillips’ mother, Lottie Phillips. Each time when Harvey entered the hospital with a serious ailment, Alec composed a six movement Convalescence Suite for unaccompanied tuba there are three suites totaling 18 movements.

For John Barrows and Harvey Phillips, Wilder wrote Suite No. 1 and Suite No. 2 for Horn, Tuba, and Piano. He composed Ten Tuba Duets, Ten Tuba Trios, Concerto for Tuba and Wind Ensemble, Elegy for William Bell (Solo Tuba and Brass Choir), and Elegy for the Whale (Solo Tuba and Orchestra). There is not ample space to acknowledge all of Alec’s solo music for tuba and euphonium. His music is his legacy for future generations. Through his music players of tuba and euphonium will share loyal and devoted friendships forever with Alec Wilder. He has earned a place in our hearts, our lives, and our families; he is our Alec!

It is with great honor that the Executive Committee of T.U.B.A. awards Alec Wilder our most distinguished award, the Lifetime Achievement Award, for contributions in the field of composition.

Peter Hirsbrunner, Sr. and Anton Meinl

inline_517_https://archive.iteaonline.org/members/journal/28N1/28N1img/hirsbrunner.jpgIn the history of music, advances in performance virtuosity and the rising proficiency level of entire generations of instrumentalists have always had corresponding breakthroughs in instrumental design and manufacture. To make such progress possible, the artisan must work closely with the artist to fashion an instrument that enables a higher level of musical performance.

In the middle of the twentieth century, when it was not economically advisable to do so, Peter Hirsbrunner, Sr. and Anton Meinl envisioned the design and manufacture of better tubas and euphoniums to be used around the world. Surely the financial rewards would have been greater if their efforts had been focused on other areas of the brass family. To satisfy a performance world divided into national schools that included different tonalities and designs of contrabasses and bass tubas as well as euphoniums of radically different construction, they would have to commit much of their time, expertise, and resources. For over thirty years Peter Hirsbrunner, Sr. and Anton Meinl visited and hosted the virtuosi and pedagogues of the world, listening to their fmstrations and creating customized solutions. inline_591_https://archive.iteaonline.org/members/journal/28N1/28N1img/antonmeinl.jpgThese improvements became prototype designs, which eventually led to improvements in the manufacturing of all types of tubas and euphoniums. For their consistent, unwavering commitment to the improvement of our world as tuba and euphonium instrumentalists, we bestow upon Peter Hirsbrunner, Sr. and Anton Meinl our highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award of Tubists Universel Brotherhood Association.