tuba



[Lat.]


The bass member of the modern brass family. The tuba family includes the euphonium, sousaphone, C and B-flat tubas, and others. The modern orchestral tuba has valves, a conical bore and a range of D two octaves below the bass clef to G above middle C. The bell is very wide and the cup very deep, thus facilitating the extremely low notes so characteristic of the instrument.

 

Tuba

Tuba in BBb

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SUGGESTED LISTENING EXAMPLES:

Hindemith: Sonata for Bass, Tuba, and Piano, III
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 2, Track 13
Traditional Dixieland: When The Saints Go Marchin' In
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 3, Track 49

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