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|Title:||Voices of the Australian Tuba: A consideration of factors influencing it changing sound and musical status|
|Publisher:||University of Sydney.|
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
|Abstract:||Voices of the Australian Tuba: A consideration of factors influencing its changing sound and musical status. The tuba has been used in Australia for more than a century, yet little has been documented regarding its use. In this thesis, archival material has been used to document the tuba’s entry into Australia and to track prominent stages of its early use through a variety of ensembles that include Service bands, Town and Industrial bands, the Salvation Army Band and early Australian orchestral endeavours. The evolution of the orchestral low brass sound aesthetic in Australia has been investigated and the impact of the British Brass Band tradition has also been assessed. Primary data generated through the collection of interviews was used to assess the current musical status of the tuba in Australia and to identify elements that led to a change in our orchestral low brass sound aesthetic, between 1974 and 2012. The experiences of nineteen musicians and composers who represent Australia’s seven professional orchestral tubists, postgraduate tubists, brass composers and musicians from the related orchestral brass community were documented in these interviews. The interviews addressed early pedagogical and performance experiences; orchestral experience and influences; reasons for the change from the traditional British orchestral low brass sound aesthetic to an American orchestral low brass sound aesthetic; overseas study practices/benefits and career options; composer’s views, inspirations and composition process as well as the promotion and future musical status of the tuba in Australia.|
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|Type of Work:||Masters Thesis|
|Type of Publication:||Master of Music M.Mus.|
|Appears in Collections:||Sydney Digital Theses (Open Access)|
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