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Stevens  John  Monument  Tu125

John Stevens

An Elegy in Memory of Tommy Johnson (1935-2006)

for tuba and string orchestra

  • Level: advanced
  • Duration: 8'40
  • Genre: contemporary
  • Composed: 2007

Reference: TU125a
Piano reduction (solo part included)


  • Published: 2007
  • Publisher: Editions Bim


John Stevens

John Stevens (*1951)

John Stevens was born in Buffalo, New York (USA) in 1951. He holds degrees in Music Performance (tuba) from the Eastman School of Music (1973) and Yale University (1975). For many years John Steven... Read more

About Monument

American flavor

"Monument ", a nine minute Elegy for solo tuba and strings was commissioned by the renowned tuba icon Roger Bobo and dedicated to the memory of his great friend and esteemed colleague, tuba virtuoso Tommy Johnson (1935-2006).

The title was suggested by Roger Bobo as an appropriate way of remembering a man of exceptional stature, truly monumental and highly admired and respected by all of his friends, colleagues and students.

This work is intended to be an aural version of a monument; a way to permanently honor Tommy Johnson's legacy through the medium in which he worked. The music conveys a timeless sense of dignity, humanity and beauty, with an American flavor that reflects the era in which Tommy Johnson lived and worked.