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The TUBA.   

The lowest pitched member of the orchestral brass family, the tuba has a cup-shaped mouth-piece.  Its wide, cone shaped body flares out into a large bell. The player must vibrate his/her lips against the mouthpiece.

The original Latin word "tuba" simply means "trumpet", but in music today, it means the bass instrument described here. It is a reasonably recent addition to the orchestra, dating from about 1830. Other names include double-bass tuba, and contrabass tuba.

The Bb tuba ranges from the E 3 octaves below middle C (Midi = E1) up to the Bb just below middle C. There are many other varieties of tuba, in different keys, and different shapes, and assuming various other names, such as the euphonium, and the sousaphone.


Music featuring the Tuba. Audio is available for 5 tunes for this instrument.
No.Name of WorkCategoryComposer
1 British Grenadiers MarchFolk SongVarious
2 Colonel Bogey MarchMarchVarious
3 Hark the Herald Angels SingSacredMendelssohn
4 Once in Royal David's CitySacredGauntlett
5 When Johnny Comes Marching HomeFolk SongVarious
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