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.
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.
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!