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Gregory Fritze: Tuba Safari

Audio Samples

>Fritze, Gregory : Petite Suite, for brass quintet
>Fritze, Gregory : Kilimanjaro, for 3 trombones, euphonium & 2 tubas
>Fritze, Gregory : Concertino for tuba & orchestra
>Fritze, Gregory : Uluru, for brass ensemble & percussion
>Fritze, Gregory : Prelude and Dance, for 4 tubas
>Fritze, Gregory : Fifteen Safari Duets for Tubas
>     Zebra Migration at Masai Mara
>     Elephants at Tsavo
>     Giraffes at Nirobi Twiga Park
>     Babboons at Kilaguni
>Fritze, Gregory : The Broadway Limited, for brass ensemble

Album Summary

>Fritze, Gregory : Petite Suite, for brass quintet
>Fritze, Gregory : Kilimanjaro, for 3 trombones, euphonium & 2 tubas
>Fritze, Gregory : Concertino for tuba & orchestra
>Fritze, Gregory : Uluru, for brass ensemble & percussion
>Fritze, Gregory : Prelude and Dance, for 4 tubas
>Fritze, Gregory : Fifteen Safari Duets for Tubas
>Fritze, Gregory : The Broadway Limited, for brass ensemble
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gregory Fritze is a prize-winning composer, Fulbright Scholar and an active performer, conductor and educator and is chair of the composition department at Berklee College of Music. His passion for the tuba has inspired numerous compositions and this recording features his music for that instrument performed by Gary Bird, the retired professor emeritus of music at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and friends. The works range from tuba duets to a concertino for tuba and orchestra.

This is composing close to the vest: music for tuba by Gregory Fritze, himself a tuba player...Fritz's music is generally light, lively, and entertaining- quite tonal but sometimes pungently dissonant. My favorite pieces are the ones for low-brass ensemble."-American Record Guide



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Works Details

>Fritze, Gregory : Petite Suite, for brass quintet
  • Ensemble: Hoodlebug Brass (Brass ensemble)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Fritze, Gregory : Kilimanjaro, for 3 trombones, euphonium & 2 tubas
  • Performers: Bob Powers (Euphonium); Jay Hildebrandt (Euphonium); Ryan Wilson (Trombone); Christian Dickinson (Trombone); Gary Bird (Tuba); Gregory Fritze [Composer/Tuba] (Tuba)
  • Conductor: Jason Worzbyt
  • Running Time: 9 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991

>Fritze, Gregory : Concertino for tuba & orchestra
  • Performer: Gary Bird (Tuba)
  • Conductor: Jack Stamp
  • Running Time: 13 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Fritze, Gregory : Uluru, for brass ensemble & percussion
  • Performers: Justin Beish (Tuba); Christian Dickinson (Euphonium); Steven Fassnacht (Tuba); Shane Velsor (Percussion); Meghan Johnson (Percussion); Gary Bird (Tuba); Gregory Fritze [Composer/Tuba] (Tuba); Jay Hildebrandt (Euphonium); Geoff Durbin (Euphonium); Bob Powers (Euphonium)
  • Conductor: Jason Worzbyt
  • Running Time: 7 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Fritze, Gregory : Prelude and Dance, for 4 tubas
  • Ensemble: Colonial Tuba Quartet
  • Running Time: 9 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1989-1990

>Fritze, Gregory : Fifteen Safari Duets for Tubas :: Zebra Migration at Masai Mara
  • Performers: Gregory Fritze [Composer/Tuba] (Tuba); Gary Bird (Tuba)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1989-1990

>Fritze, Gregory : Fifteen Safari Duets for Tubas :: Elephants at Tsavo
  • Performers: Gregory Fritze [Composer/Tuba] (Tuba); Gary Bird (Tuba)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1989-1990

>Fritze, Gregory : Fifteen Safari Duets for Tubas :: Giraffes at Nirobi Twiga Park
  • Performers: Gregory Fritze [Composer/Tuba] (Tuba); Gary Bird (Tuba)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1989-1990

>Fritze, Gregory : Fifteen Safari Duets for Tubas :: Babboons at Kilaguni
  • Performers: Gregory Fritze [Composer/Tuba] (Tuba); Gary Bird (Tuba)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1989-1990

>Fritze, Gregory : The Broadway Limited, for brass ensemble
  • Performers: Grant Shearer (Euphonium); Dan Kerstetter (Euphonium); Christian Dickinson (Euphonium); Gregory Fritze [Composer/Tuba] (Tuba); Steven Fassnacht (Tuba); Geoff Durbin (Euphonium); Jay Hildebrandt (Euphonium); Jon Wylie (Tuba); Justin Beish (Tuba); Larry Sarvey (Tuba); Bob Powers (Euphonium)
  • Conductor: Gary Bird
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 12/1994