Mr. Tuba

Mr. Tuba

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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 496 pages
  • 160 x 240 x 40mm | 920.79g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 16 color illus., 53 b&w illus.
  • 0253007240
  • 9780253007247
  • 1,274,045

Table of contents

Foreword by David N. Baker

1. Growing Up in Missouri
2. King Bros. Circus Band
3. Traveling with the Greatest Show on Earth
4. Juilliard, Studying with William J. Bell
5. Freelancing 101
6. Carol
7. Chamber Music, New York Brass Quintet
8. A New York Professional
9. On Tour with the New York Brass Quintet
10. Family, Friends, and Summer Activities
11. New England Conservatory of Music
12. The Search for TubaRanch
13. Institute for Advanced Musical Studies
14. Bassed in Bloomington
15. Carnegie Hall Recitals
16. Indiana University Retirement
17. Renaissance of the Tuba: A Summary
18. On Being a Teacher
19. Performance Tips
20. Coda

Friends and Colleagues
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Review quote

The Paganini of the Tuba. * Newsweek * The prose reflects Harvey Phillips. It is down to earth and ebullient. . . . Mr. Tuba is a lively and informative read. * Herald-Times * 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 * [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 * Possibly the greatest tuba player of all time. * New York Times *
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About Harvey Phillips

Harvey Phillips (1929-2010) was Distinguished Professor of Music Emeritus at Indiana University Bloomington. World renowned as a tuba soloist and brass quintet member, he founded and directed Octubafest, TubaChristmas, TubaSantas, TubaCompany, and the Matteson-Phillips TubaJazz Consort.
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