Bottoms Up began as a piece for alto, tenor, bass, contra-bass trombones and tuba (for my Pacific Symphony colleagues)–and morphed into a version for 5 tubas and finally this brass quintet version. It begins with an exciting 1st section with technical challenges for all. It then turns into a pretty 6/8 waltz featuring the 1st trumpet, followed by more thorny challenges. The final section is “Latinesque” with some Mariachi elements. Please forgive my parodied ending—it refers to a funny incident I had in 1968 with John Marcellus and the National Symphony.
– Jim Self
Parts included: Trumpet in C 1+2, Horn in F, Trombone, Tuba