Posted by Roger Lewis on October 10, 1999 at 09:14:48:
In Reply to: Pictures at an Exhibition, Bydlo posted by Dan Crain on October 07, 1999 at 19:45:36:
I think it helps the decision if you take a look at the instrument Ravel
wrote the arrangement for. At the time, the 6 valve French tuba was the
common instrument in France (where Stravinski was also doing some composing).
This instrument is pitched in C, one step higher than a euphonoium. It has 6
valves to allow it to get the low notes to come out. The high register,
though out of tune, is quite easy on this horn.
The decision rests, IMHO, with the concept the conductor wants. The euphonium
will give the closest sound to the horn for which the piece was arranged, the F
tuba will give the player a good chance of success, and the CC can lend an effect
similar to the sound of a bluejay breaking wind in an empty silo.
If the conductor gives you free creative license, use what gives you the sound you want
and the greatest chance of success.
Just my $0.02.