In this new Encore Edition, each of the Ten Studies appear twice (creating 20 Studies); for low tuba and in a different register and key for high tuba.
These studies were originally composed for horn and first published after Brahms' death (1897) hence, they hold the Opus Posthumous designation.
Transcribed and edited by John Van Houten, the Ten Studies of Johannes Brahms project the performance challenges for the low and high tuba.
The Van Houten Edition offers help on how to maintain musical consistency in the very low register and advice on performing musically the high passages without being influenced by the instrument's physical demands. These challenges are pronounced by the switching of instruments (low and high).
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.
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!