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A GRADUATE TUBA RECITAL B y Ralph Jean Paul SUPERVISORY COMMITTEE: Art Jennings Chair Paul Basler, Member James Jenkins, Special Member A PERFORMANCE IN LIEU OF THESIS PRESENTED TO THE COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF MUSIC UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA 2012
Summary of Performance in Lieu of Thesis Presented to the College of Fine Arts of the University of Florida in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Music GRADUATE TUBA RECITAL By Ralph Jean Paul December 2012 Chair: Ar t Jennings Major: Music On November 1 6 2012, I conducted a graduate recital in fulfilment of the requir ements for the Master of Music in Music degree. The recital took place a t the University of Florida on Friday, November 16, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in the School of Music Building I was a ssisted by Benny Plasencia and Breathe of Music Brass Quintet ( Schelvin Robinson t rumpet Fred Green t rumpet Laura Weiss f rench h orn and Matthew Varney trombone ) The program included: Capriccio ( 1980 ) Krzysztof Penderecki (1933 ) Partita BWV 1013 in A minor Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 1750) Transcribed and edited by Eric Ruske I. Allemande II. Courante III. Sarabande IV. Bourre Anglaise Intermission The Concerto for Tuba and Strings Arild Otto Plau (b.1920) I. Pro logue II. Canzone III. Finale Czardas for Tuba and Piano Vittorio Monti (1868 1922) Arranged by Marc Reift Quintet for Brass, Op. 73 Malcolm Arnold (1921 2006) I. Allegro V ivace II. Chaconne (Andante con motto) III. Con Brio
Ralph Jean Paul, t uba a ssisted by Benny Plasencia Piano Capriccio (1980) Krzysztof Penderecki (1933 ) From Penderecki's later period, this is a more melodic entry in t his canon, though still including passages using extended technique s and requiring virtuosic playing. Capriccio for tuba was written in 1980 and was performed for the the annual festival devoted to Polish music. The Capriccio has been written in the traditional tuba idiom except for a sole fragment in which Penderecki uses the hi ghest and the lowest sounds that can be extracted from the tuba. This is a short, one movement piece easy to list en to but by no means easy for the performing tuba player Partita in A minor BWV 1013 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 1750) Transcribed and edited by Eric Ruske The Partita was written sometime during the ublished in 1917. The work is baroque in style, a nd originally written for transverse flute. The Allemande first appeared in the 16th century as a duple meter dance and originated in Germany Followed by Allemande is the Courante which is a French court dance of the time The Sarabande is a dance, originally from Spain, characterized by emphasis on the second beats of the triple meter and Bouree Anglais ggests that he Concerto for Tuba and Strings (1990) Arild Otto Plau (b.1920) The Concerto for Tuba and Strings was written i n 1990. It is in the three movement sonata format wit h movements designated as Prologue, Canzone and Finale. The grief ridden ystein Baadsvik gave the first performance of the concerto in 2001 at a concert in Poland wit h the Wratislava Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jan Stanienda. After being released on Baadsvik s solo CD Tuba Carnival in 2003, i t soon became very popular among tubist s and is now played on concerts and competitions all around the world. The concerto has been the final ist piece of the Markneukirchen Competition in Germany as well as the Falcone competition in the USA. Czardas for Tuba and Piano Vittorio Monti (1868 1922) Arranged by Marc Reift Italian composer Vittorio Monti's Csrds is perhaps his most famous composition. The concert piece was written in 1904, portraying a rhapsodically well known folk piece based on the Csrds the national dance of Hungary.
The Oxford Companion to Music defines Czardas as: A courting dance for coupl es, it begins with a slow section (lassu), followed by an exhilarating fast section (friss). The individual dancers carry themselves proudly and improvise on a simple fundamental step, their feet snapping inward and outward, the couples whirling. The music often played by a Gypsy orchestra, is in 2/4 or 4/4 time with compelling, syncopated rhythms. The czardas developed in the 19th century from an earlier folk dance, the Magyar kr. A ballroom dance adapted from the czardas is popular in Eastern Europe. A theatrical czardas with complicated Slavic and Hungarian folk Copplia. Franz Liszt, in his Hungarian Rhapsodies, wrote music reminiscent of the czardas. Originally it was written for violin, mandolin or p Today, it is played on just about every instrument. Quintet for Brass, Op. 73 Malcolm Arnold ( 1921 2006) widely played chamber works. It is one of the absolute classics of the genre, and established the instrumentation of two trumpets, French horn, trombone and tuba as the standard. The writing for brass is idiomatic yet ultimately challenging. There is alway work was written for the New York Brass Quintet, the group which at that time was laying down the standard for the rest of the world to emulate, and the work had immediate impact and success. In Malcol m Arnold describes the piece in his program notes as: The first movement pits a duet of trumpets who gallivant around like a pair of otters in the water, against a more sober trio of horn, trombone and tuba, who sound like three wise monkeys commenting o n foolish behavior. However, it is not long before they decide to join in the fun themselves! The second movement inhabits that area of bleak cold war atmosphere more commonly associated with Shostakovich, and reminds one of the sincere depths of expressio n of much of Arnold steps away from the abyss. However the second movement resolves into an air of semi tranquility, and the last movement quickly dispels any lingering atmosphere of tragedy with immediate and brilliant sun shine. Every instrument is given the chance to show off its virtuosic prowess in a challenging and exuberant rondo.
Mr. Ralph Jean Paul is a native of Miami, Fl and a tuba graduate of Florida A&M University under the leadership of Dr. Julian E. White former Director of Bands with Assistant to the Director Dr. Shelby R. Chipman. After graduating he taught at R. Franks Nims Middle School located in Tallahassee, Fl for two year as the B and Director and After School Program Coordinator. While teaching, he conducted The Mary Roberts Chamber Orchestra, played in the Big Bend Orches tra, Tallahassee Winds, and tutored at the Walker Ford Community Center. He is also a member of ITEA (Internati onal Tuba and Euphonium Association) FMEA (Florida Music Educators Association) MENC (National Association for Music Educators) and The Black Caucus During Mr. Jean Paul under grad years, he served as Tuba Section Leader, Band Vice President ( 2006 08) Band President (2008 09) and student conductor /staff assistant For those who are acquainted with Mr. Jean Paul will know that he has a strong passion for music and tuba playing. His high energy creates an atmosphere of enjoyment from hard work for a greater purpose. In 2009 Jean Paul was the recipient of the Fox Summer Music Experience Award where he traveled to Los Angeles, Ca and worked closely with Mr. Robert Kraft
President of Fox Music. That summer, Mr Jean Paul ambitions of becoming a tuba per former was clear er after witnessing the live orchestra recording session for the Movie G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra film that premiered in 2009. Mr. Jean Paul now resides in Gainesville, Fl where he attends The University of Florida to study with Mr. James Jenkins an outstanding tubist and teacher. Under the direction and leadership of Professor Jenkins, Ralph Jean Paul had the opportunity to play with the UANL Symphony Orchestra in Monterey, Mexico as Visiting Principal Tuba Player during the Spring & Summ er 2012 Concert Season conduct ed the University of Florida Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble as well as providing teaching assistance to the under graduate lower brass students. After completing his Master Degree in Tuba Performance Mr. Jean Paul will be seeking f or a tuba/ lower brass teaching position at the collegiate level. From there he has great aspirations to do original tuba works and attend music seminars as it re lates to music/chamber ensemble literature.
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