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ID: 979-0-708108-13-9 Tuba Sonata

This Tuba Sonata, commissioned by Ewan Easton (Halle Tuba) represents my mature style and as a past tuba performer, I hope I have captured the essence of the instrument in an interesting and unique way. The opening movement is declamatory with a lively humorous middle section. The second movement is lyrical and reflective exploiting the expressive range of the tuba. The last movement is lively in rondo form and again suggests a jolly humorous mood. The range for the complete sonata goes from a low E natural to a high E flat. You can request a part in treble clef for Brass band players just state on the order Bb flat or Ee flat.


"David writes music with great intelligence and accessibility, that also captures a human spirit that makes you want to share his music in-performance"
Ewan Easton
(Halle Tuba)

Tuba Sonata Movement one Extract (968kb)
Tuba Sonata Movement Two Extract (984kb)
Tuba Sonata Movement Three Extract (965kb)


ID: 979-0708056 54 6 Septet for Brass Score and Pts
Septet for Brass Title page


A difficult three movement work for Brass Septet. Composed for Tom Atkinson and the BBC Northern Brass Septet. This is a three movement work for Brass Septet. The work is difficult and demanding but ideal to demonstrate the virtuosity of players. The second movement with its slow moving harmonies brings a unique prospective of instrumental colour for the Brass ensemble. This work has had many performances in spite of the demands and technical ability required. Fantastic opening piece for a recital concert.


Movement one extract (407kb)


ID: 979-0708056 55 3 Concert Fanfare Score and Pts
Concert Fanfare Title page

A Lively Fanfare for Orchestral Brass and Percussion. First premiered by Adrian Smith and the Slaithwaite Philharmonia.

A Lively Fanfare for Orchestral Brass and Percussion. First premiered by Adrian Smith and the Slaithwaite Philharmonia. Ideal as a concert opener to allow the Brass and percussion to demonstrate their abilities. 4 minutes Duration.


ID: 979-0708056 84 3 Serenade for Solo Tuba
Score Serenade

A Three Movement Challenging Work composed for James Anderson (LSO 1980)


Serenade For Solo Tuba Review Serenade for solo Tuba by David F Golightly. The Serenade for solo Tuba was premiered by James Anderson, Professor of Tuba at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, England in May 1980. My only question is, why did it take so long to get published and into the repertoire of serious tubists all over the globe? It is definitely a welcome addition to the library of the solo tubist. Good solo pieces that are entertaining for audiences are quite hard to come by. This piece will most assuredly be one of those to join the ranks of Penderecki''s Capriccio and Gregson''s Alarum. The Serenade is set up in three movements and is metered throughout. The range of the work is from DD-g1. Movement One entitled March, is in 2/4 and m.m. equals 112. It is quite spirited in style and will require a performer with agile abilities to navigate through wide intervals and varied articulations. Movement Two is not your typical slow, melodic song that one would imagine from a title such as Elegy. It is extremely doloroso in nature and has the soloist soaring into the extreme upper range (g1) utilizing strict rhythmic patterns. The Gallop, movement three, is quite animated and encompasses mixed meters with the majority of the piece being in 6/8. Just when you think your triplets are moving along, a duple figure is thrown in to add variety to the melodic lines, which is actually quiet refreshing and prevents it from becoming a boring, technical exercise. As was stated before, this work will require a performer with great technique. Not for the less than advanced tubist. If you have conquered the other reputable solo tuba pieces, then this one should definitely be next. Raul I. Rodriguez Tuba Journal 1998.



March Extract (378kb)
Elegy Extract (814kb)
Gallop Extract (512kb)




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