A ROAD LESS TRAVELED : MUSIC FOR SOLO TUBA
CRAIG KNOX, TUBA  WITH  RODRIGO OJEDA, PIANO

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 "I am quite impressed by Knox's full yet concentrated tone and crisp articulation, by his subtle dynamic control when playing at breakneck speed, and by the intricate ensemble with pianist Rodrigo Ojeda"
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MUSIC FOR SOLO TUBA
RECORDED BY CRAIG KNOX

This first solo album by Craig Knox features well-known favorites such as Three Miniatures by Anthony Plog, and Concert Allegro by Alexey Lebedev, as well as premiere recordings of a newly commissioned full-length Sonata by Anthony DiLorenzo, Wind Cave for solo tuba by noted composer David Stock, and the boisterous Dans Profundo by L. Ray Strobel. Also includes first recordings of the lyrical Autumn by John Stevens and Ballade by Jan Krzywicki. All selections are performed on the Melton/Meinl Weston 2250 F-tuba and 6450 "Baer" CC-tuba. Read more about the selections, and listen to track samples below!

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A Road Less Traveled - Music for Tuba and Piano - Craig Knox & Rodrigo Ojeda

Anthony Plog (b. 1947)
Three Miniatures (1990)
Full Track Time (3 tracks): 6:40

This piece in three short movements has become a favorite ever since it was composed for Daniel Perantoni in 1990 by Anthony Plog, a trumpeter who has become one of the most prolific composers of music for brass instruments. Jazzy, lyrical, and full of energy (Melton/Meinl Weston 2250 F tuba).

Plog Three Miniatures 1 low res sample.mp3

Plog Three Miniatures 2 low res sample.mp3

Plog Three Miniatures 3 low res sample.mp3

 

 

L. Ray Strobel (b. 1971)
Dans Profundo (2008)
Full Track Time: 5:04

This is a relatively new piece, heard here in its first commercial recording. After a long solo tuba cadenza, the music moves into a sultry mixed-meter dance which intensifies to the end. Influenced by traditional Eastern-European harmonies and styles, this is a decidedly original - and fun - new work for the tuba (Melton/Meinl Weston 2250 F tuba).  

Strobel Dans Profundo low res sample.mp3

 

 

Anthony DiLorenzo (b. 1967)
Sonata for Tuba and Piano (2011)
Full Track Time (3 tracks): 17:40

 This is a brand new piece, composed for Craig Knox and this recording. Anthony DiLorenzo is a trumpet player and colleague of Craig's in the Center City Brass Quintet. He is also a busy composer, whose works have been performed by the San Francisco Symphony, the New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet, as well as on network television and the big screen. He is well-known for his arrangements and original compositions for brass, as recorded by the Center City Brass Quintet and Burning River Brass, among others. This Sonata is a substantial, full-length work in three movements, which is sure to become part of the standard repertoire (Melton/Meinl Weston 2250 F tuba).

DiLorenzo Sonata 1 low res sample.mp3

DiLorenzo Sonata 2 low res sample.mp3

DiLorenzo Sonata 3 low res sample.mp3

 

 

John Stevens (b. 1951)
Autumn (2009)
Full Track Time: 5:07

This hauntingly beautiful and melancholy melody is the composer's adaptation of the third movement of his brass quintet Seasons. Many tuba players are familiar with John Stevens' many other works for tuba, particularly Journey, the concerto commissioned by the Chicago Symphony for Gene Pokorny (Melton/Meinl Weston 2250 F tuba).

Stevens Autumn low res sample.mp3

 

 

David Stock (b. 1939)
Wind Cave (2007)
Full Track Time: 4:28

David Stock is a musical icon in the city of Pittsburgh, where he studied at Carnegie Mellon University, later founding the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and becoming distinguished Professor (now Emeritus) at Duquesne University. He has been composer-in-residence at the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Seattle Symphony, and his compositions have been heard throughout the world as performed by ensembles such as the New York Philharmonic. This piece for solo tuba was written for Craig Knox, and is heard here in its premiere recording (Melton/Meinl Weston 6450/2 CC tuba). 

Stock Wind Cave low res sample.mp3

 

 

Guissepi Verdi (1813-1901)/arr. Paul Krzywicki
Prelude from I Masnadieri (1847)
Full Track Time: 4:33

Paul Krzywicki, tubist of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1972-2005, made this arrangement of the Prelude from Verdi's opera I Masnadieri (The Bandits), which is originally a cello solo with orchestral accompaniment. This arrangement offers the tubist the opportunity to play in the dramatic, operatic style (Melton/Meinl Weston 2250 F tuba).

Verdi Prelude low res sample.mp3

 

 

Alexey Lebedev (1924-1993)
Concert Allegro (1949)
Full Track Time: 6:15

Lebedev was a tubist at the Bolshoi Theater and a professor at the Moscow Conservatory, and he wrote many etudes and solos for the tuba, including this piece, which has become a standard in the tuba repertoire. The style is fully romantic and lyrical. This track was performed on the 6450/2 "Baer" CC tuba (Melton/Meinl Weston 6450/2 CC tuba).

Lebedev Concert Allegro low res sample.mp3

 

 

Jan Krzywicki (b. 1948)
Ballade (1968/83)
Full Track Time: 5:10

Jan Krzywicki is a Philadelphia composer and Professor at Temple University. He is also the brother of Paul Krzywicki, former long-time tubist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, for whom the piece was composed. As its title implies, it is a smooth, expressive song for tuba and piano. (Melton/Meinl Weston 2250 F tuba).
Chosen as required repertoire for the 2013 Falcone International Solo Competition, Tuba Artist division

Krzywicki Ballade low res sample.mp3

 

 

 

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