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  • Ten Studies by Johannes Brahms, for low & high tuba by John Van Houten
  • Study number two for low tuba (BBb or CC) begins with an ominous introduction in the key of E.
  • Study number two for high tuba (Eb or F) shares the solemn introduction but will sound somewhat less foreboding on the small instrument.
  • Study number nine for low tuba (BBb or CC) provides an excellent musical workout in the low register. This beautiful melody encourages the tubist to perfect the lower range.
  • Study number nine for high tuba (Eb or F) is a soaring melody for the mid range on high tuba that makes use of interesting musical contrasts in dynamics.
  • The editor, John Van Houten, has performed with a wide variety of music ensembles, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Opera and the Long Beach Opera. He is Instructor of Tuba at Azuza Pacific University, The Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach and Biola University.

Ten Studies by Johannes Brahms


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In this new Encore Edition, each of the Ten Studies appears twice (creating 20 Studies); Once for low tuba, and then in a different register and key for high tuba.


These studies were originally composed for horn and first published after Brahms' death (1897).


Transcribed and edited by John Van Houten, the Ten Studies of Johannes Brahms present performance challenges for both low and high tubas.


The Van Houten Edition offers help on maintaining musical consistency in the very low register and advice on performing the high passages musically, without being influenced by the instrument's physical demands.

The outstanding writing of Johannes Brahms, John Van Houten's careful transcribing, editing, and instructive text, make this book valuable and rewarding for all tubists.

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  1. Concise & Comprehensive

    Posted by Bob on 29th Aug 2013

    Although Brahms has composed some very satisfying tuba parts in his orchestral works, these studies allow the tubist to approach his music from another perspective. Challenging, rewarding, and instructive, this concise book offers much more than expected. I'll likely incorporate excerpts into my daily routine. High tuba parts also work well for euphonium.
    Highly recommended.

  2. A wonderful opportunity to study the music of Brahms

    Posted by Keith Robinson on 30th Apr 2013

    John Van Houten's transcription of Brahms'10 Studies is extraordinarily useful for many aspects of musical skill building. First and foremost, Brahms' writing calls for, and draws out, a need for great attention to musical expression. The variety in tempi and styles, and Van Houten's assigning of various keys and registers provides a great deal of challenge and beauty from page to page. In just 10 studies, there are numerous possibilities for musical growth. Important to note is the manner in which Van Houten presents each study in both a high register setting and a low register setting. This facilitates big horn and small horn work, with each register helping to reinforce and strengthen the performing of the opposite register. Insightful commentary for each study is provided by Van Houten, giving priority and focus to the tubist.

    Originally written for horn, Van Houten has provided tubists with a wonderful opportunity to study the music of Brahms. Bravo!

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