Famous Musical Pieces for the Tuba (Bass)
R. Vaughan Williams: Bass Tuba Concerto in F Minor
Modern British composers have left a good deal of music featuring the tuba as a solo instrument, which is what Ralph Vaughan Williams did in his later years when composing his Concerto for Bass Tuba in 1954.
Many claim that this was the first concerto ever written for the tuba. It is certainly one of the most famous and most frequently performed.
It has an extremely compact structure following the classical style of three movements (allegro, andante, allegro) and lasts a full 13 minutes. It particularly shines in the second movement with a melody that drips with lyricism.