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The Tuba - was this instrument only made for comedy relief?

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Initial post: 30 Oct 2012 00:59:15 GMT
Last edited by the author on 30 Oct 2012 01:03:14 GMT
Puffany says:
I'm trying to think of any songs where it actually sounds good. At this moment, all I can think of is The Elephant from 'Carnival of the Animals', a boring Springsteen song, and Germanic beer-fest music.
Please remind me if there are songs where it works well.

Oh yeah, you've got to check out this link - it only goes for 15 seconds:

Are there any other instruments that seem to have a 'special' function worth mentioning? Theremin?

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2012 01:11:42 GMT
TheFoe says:
I've always liked this from the Bonzos

Posted on 30 Oct 2012 01:12:39 GMT
Lez Lee says:
Don't know if they're used much in pop music but here's some info from Wiki :

"Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Eine Alpensinfonie
Shostakovich: Fifth symphony
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
Edgard Varèse: Déserts
Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Lohengrin, Ride of the Valkyries
Sergei Prokofiev: Fifth Symphony
George Gershwin: An American in Paris
Silvestre Revueltas: Sensemayá, Noche de los mayas, Homenaje a Federico García Lorca
Gustav Holst: The Planets

Concertos have been written for the tuba by many notable composers, including Ralph Vaughan Williams, Edward Gregson, John Williams, Alexander Arutiunian, Eric Ewazen, James Barnes, Martin Ellerby, Philip Sparke, Kalevi Aho, Arild Plau, James Woodward, Victor Davies, Josef Tal and Bruce Broughton. Joseph Hallman's Concerto for tuba and chamber orchestra was written for and premiered by the Philadelphia Orchestra's tubist, Carol Jantsch in May 2007.
Tubas are also used in concert bands, marching bands, drum and bugle corps, drum and brass corps, and in many jazz bands".

I only know the Vaughan Williams one well and rather like it.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2012 01:23:30 GMT
Puffany says:
G'day LL. I have a Vaughan W cd but haven't heard the Concerto for Tuba. I gather it's not a comical concerto. I'll have to revisit my Holst, Stravinsky and Shostakovich stuff.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2012 01:59:56 GMT
Puffany says:
Hi TheFoe - that was so cool!

Posted on 30 Oct 2012 07:24:59 GMT
S.R.J says:
Bellowhead use it in lots of their songs

Posted on 30 Oct 2012 07:36:49 GMT
Last edited by the author on 30 Oct 2012 07:51:59 GMT
Derek W. says:

Actually, I liked this one so much I've ordered a couple of their CDs

Posted on 30 Oct 2012 07:46:19 GMT
Derek W. says:
More your comedy end of the market:

Posted on 30 Oct 2012 07:51:02 GMT
Last edited by the author on 30 Oct 2012 07:51:17 GMT
Derek W. says:
or there's:

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2012 09:16:38 GMT
Nugent Dirt says:
and the helicon SR..dont forget the helicon.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2012 09:33:43 GMT
Brass Neck says:
The 'musical saw' anyone? The Flatlanders' More A Legend Than A Band 'benefited' from its use throughout;

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2012 18:02:40 GMT
S.R.J says:
Indeed how could one...................

Posted on 30 Oct 2012 18:22:24 GMT
Sparky says:
The tuba was invented in Gerrmany so I would rule out any link to comedy. Many things that we Brits find amusing, like making f@rting noises, are considered quite serious matters over there I believe.

Posted on 30 Oct 2012 18:44:44 GMT
Post Soviet says:
Is it true Alvin Lee is going to rewrite 'Goin' Home' replacing guitar solos with improvisations on tuba?

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2012 19:07:35 GMT
Derek W. says:
It would probably improve it.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2012 20:17:06 GMT
Goin Humm.............

Posted on 29 Jan 2013 16:49:59 GMT
TheFoe says:
Stumbled on this today, this lady knows how to use a Kazoo.

Posted on 29 Jan 2013 17:22:53 GMT
Syd Barrett's Effervescing Elephant. Something of a throwaway stuck at the end of his second solo album - judging by the intro he probably had Saint-Saens in mind when he wrote it.

Paul Hindemith wrote a pithy little sonata for tuba and piano.

Posted on 29 Jan 2013 17:40:55 GMT
Huck Flynn says:
Bernard McKinney's euphonium (a baby tuba - aaaah) ruins Freddoe Hubbard's "Ready for Freddie" for me - big mistake letting him solo

Posted on 29 Jan 2013 17:58:21 GMT
Taj Mahal has a Tuba on the killer track, Cakewalk into Town....and Big Legged Mamas are back in Style.

Posted on 30 Jan 2013 06:25:31 GMT
easytiger says:
I remember seeing the Who in the 70's and Townsend did a demolition job on a tuba. Why? FIIK?

Posted on 30 Jan 2013 13:19:20 GMT
This is probably a bad example as it was used to introduce an element of comedy live on dtage

Herbie had the lights dimmed and had the tuba festooned with flashing fairy lights

Posted on 30 Jan 2013 13:27:36 GMT
Anders Osborne often plays live with a sousaphone - close tuba relative player.

Her's a clip but you don't really here the sousaphone that well on it.

Sounds pretty amazing when you can hear it

Posted on 30 Jan 2013 13:34:59 GMT
Derek W. says:
Use of the tuba by the Rolling Stones:

Posted on 30 Jan 2013 13:39:00 GMT
Derek W. says:
.....and also by Jellyfish:
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