Winks ‘n Jinks for Solo Tuba and 4 Trombones (PDF download)

Jim Self


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In the fall of 1995, Norm Pearson asked me to compose a piece for him that he could premier at the 1996 Brassfest. He wanted a piece for solo tuba and four trombones that would feature the L.A Philharmonic trombonists and one that other tubists could perform with their colleagues. With Norm’s particular technical and musical abilities in mind, I wrote Winks ‘n Jinks. The work is in one movement with many sections. A beginning fanfare is followed by section in 5/8 occupies the center a multi-textured funk section ina bouncy and lop-sided allegretto. The slow legato of the work. The longest and most demanding part is which polyrhythms predominate. While Winks ‘n Jinks is essentially a virtuoso work for solo tuba, the individual trombone parts are quite demanding. The bass trombone part is the true bass part–a role that I know all bass trombonists relish. The premiere was performed by Norm and trombonists Bill Booth, Byron Peebles, Andy Malloy and Jeff Reynolds. The title is a condensation of tiddlywinks and hi-jinks which describe the rather whimsical nature of the piece.

Jim Self is a Los Angeles free-lance musician, a veteran of thousands of motion pictures, television shows and records, and tuba soloist on many prominent movies. He is Principal Tubist with the Pasadena and Pacific Symphonies, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Los Angeles Opera and Opera Pacific orchestras. His compositions and arrangements include works for solo tuba, brass quintet, and other brass and woodwind chamber music.

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