The form of the Tuba Concerto is nearer to the form of Johann Sebastian Bach than to that of the Viennese School, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Ludwig van Beethoven, though the first and last movements each finish up with an elaborate cadenza that allies the concerto to the Mozart-Beethoven form. The music is fairly simple and obvious and can probably be listened to without much previous explanation. The orchestration is that of the so-called theatre orchestra consisting of woodwind, two each of horns, trumpets and trombones, timpani, percussion and strings. Tuba concertos started to appear in the middle of the twentieth century, and finally gave lie to the cliché that the tuba was heavy, clumsy, and incapable of playing fast.
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