ComposerJulia Usher
Difficultydifficult
PublisherPrimavera
Exam boardAssociated Board
Exam instrumenttuba
Exam gradediploma
Instrumentstuba
Printed sheet music
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Picture of Picturesque Music for tuba and piano by Julia Usher

Venezia has been listed in the Diploma syllabus for tuba.

Julia Usher explores her great love and attachment to Venice in this suite of dramatic pieces, which illustrate several facets of the waterborne city:

Arriving by train is always the most exciting route; so the piece starts with:

1. Orient Express

2. Campanile

The great bells of Venice punctuate the whole day with their ancient metallic tones, as dissonant as they are beautiful.

3. St Mark's Piazza, the "finest drawing room in the world" resonates to the sounds of people's feet, and the competing musics from two or three cafe orchestras playing at the same time.

4. Basilca San Marco.

The Byzantine splendour of St Mark's demands rich tone from the tuba, evoking the echoing spaces and slow grandeur of the great church.

5. Emilio Pandfido: Tugboat in the Mist

Many working boats ply their way; the tugboats ensure the safe arrival of enormous ocean liners and container ships. Emilio Panfido is my favourite, and has been hard at work for decades.

When this set of pieces was written, I took a copy to the Panfido Office. They were somewhat bemused, as I don't think anyone had ever written music to their boat before.

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