Volume 36 Number 2 - Winter 2009
Concertino para Tuba y Piano by Armando Luis Ramirez. Brassworks 4 Publishing. 461 Sunrise Pkwy (4301 N Dustin Ave), Farmington, N.M. 87401. www.brassworks4.com. $12 (New Price $15)
This concertino for tuba and piano by Armando Luis Ramírez (b. 1971) is a largely tonal work enhanced by frequent chromaticism and added-tone harmonies. The first of three movements begins with a lively “Allegro jocoso” with some rhythmic intricacies and interplay between the tuba and piano parts. The second movement, “Largo-andante lyrica,” begins with a free time section, (sensa misura), when Ramírez presents a contrasting section including sustained upper-register lines before moving onto the final movement without pause. The final movement, “Allegro-burlesco,” provides a rousing finale to this work. It is rhythmic and driving but also offers a contrasting expressive, legato section.
This concertino is the first commercially available work for tuba by the Puerto Rican composer. He has written other instrumental and vocal pieces. His other works are published at both Brassworks 4 and Wehr House of Music. A graduate of Temple University and the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, Mr. Ramírez has studied both theory and composition. Since 1998, he has taught theory, composition and orchestration at the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico.
The range of the solo part extends almost three octaves, from GG to f1. The piano accompaniment presents some technical challenges but fits nicely with the tuba part. The music itself is computer-generated, clear, and easy to read. Additionally, the layout of both the solo and piano parts features convenient page turns. There are several challenging aspects in this solo, although many collegiate players would probably find this piece both within their reach and a rewarding addition to their recital program. Ramírez’s Concertino para Tuba y Piano for solo tuba and piano accompaniment is a fine addition to the solo repertoire for collegiate tuba students.
~Daniel Johnson, University of North Carolina at Wilmington