July 20, 2015

The Grumpy Troll

Michael Forbes

The Grumpy Troll is my first composition for unaccompanied tuba. It comes from my musings about how a Norwegian troll would act and sound—especially if particularly disturbed.

The opening figure sets the tone of the work with a rising minor-third interval—a musical grunt that reflects the overall demeanor of the troll. The second section of the work portray...

July 20, 2015

The University of Maryland Wind Orchestra performed at the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conference in San Jose, California, on July 12, 2015.

Concert Program:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture to "The Magic Flute" (1791), arr. Bastiaan Blomhert

Michael Forbes: Grumpy Troll

Craig Potter, tuba

Arvo Pärt: Fratres (1977), arr. Beat Brinner

Edgard Varèse: Density 21.5

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