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Mr. Tuba - David N. Baker


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With warmth and humor, tuba virtuoso Harvey Phillips tells the story of his amazing life and career from his Missouri childhood through his days as a performer with the King Brothers and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circuses, his training at the Juilliard School, a stint with the US Army Field Band, and his freelance days with the New York City Opera and Ballet. A founder of the New York Brass Quintet, Phillips served as vice president of the New England Conservatory of Music and became Distinguished Professor of Music at Indiana University. The creator of an industry of TubaChristmases, Octubafests, and TubaSantas, he crusaded for recognition of the tuba as a serious musical instrument, commissioning more than 200 works. Enhanced by an extensive gallery of photographs, Mr. Tuba conveys Phillips's playful zest for life while documenting his important musical legacy.

"The Paganini of the Tuba." -Newsweek "Possibly the greatest tuba player of all time." -New York Times "Harvey Phillips IS the tuba." -Eugene Ormandy, former conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra "Harvey put class in the low brass." -Clark Terry, jazz trumpeter "The prose reflects Harvey Phillips. It is down to earth and ebullient... Mr. Tuba is a lively and informative read." -Herald-Times "[Phillips's] autobiography is a fitting end to his life's works, underlined with the same sense of inspiration and integrity that informad all of his musical activities. For Phillips, creative effort was always, ultimately, an act of celebration." -Bloom Magazine "Mr. Tuba is not only a memoir, but it is a history of the twentieth century American music world and a resource for all music teachers and music lovers." -NBA Journal

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Growing Up in Missourip. 1
King Bros. Circus Bandp. 17
Traveling with the Greatest Show on Earthp. 35
Juilliard, Studying with William J. Bellp. 65
Freelancing 101p. 86
Carolp. 106
Chamber Music, New York Brass Quintetp. 118
A New York Professionalp. 134
On Tour with the New York Brass Quintetp. 166
Family, Friends, and Summer Activitiesp. 208
New England Conservatory of Musicp. 233
The Search for Tuba Ranchp. 265
Institute for Advanced Musical Studiesp. 292
Bassed in Bloomingtonp. 317
Carnegie Hall Recitalsp. 352
Indiana University Retirementp. 380
Renaissance of the Tuba: A Summaryp. 396
On Being a Teacherp. 412
Performance Tipsp. 432
Codap. 442
Friends and Colleaguesp. 451
Appendixp. 459
Indexp. 471
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ISBN: 9780253007247
ISBN-10: 0253007240
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 3rd October 2012
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 16.0  x 4.1
Weight (kg): 0.91