Tuba & Organ Duo

As Andreas Martin Hofmeir puts it: “With so many pipes, one more can’t hurt.” With Barbara Schmelz, Director of Sacred Music at Stift Nonnberg in Salzburg, in charge of the manuals, ECHO prizewinner Hofmeir cheerfully blows into his rolled-up “16-foot”. Hofmeir’s tuba is a worthy partner to the marvelous sound world of the organ – “The Queen of Instruments”. With masterful versatility, Barbara Schmelz provides continuo accompaniment in arrangements of Baroque masterpieces, and also conjures the sounds of a gentle string ensemble (in Ralph Vaughan Williams’s English Folk Songs Suite) or a street musician’s hurdy-gurdy (in Gade’s Tango Jalousie). This musical framework allows Hofmeir to confirm what the world has long suspected: the tuba is the finest sounding, most beautiful, most advanced, and generally fabulous instrument ever created. Yes, now it can be said.

Current Program: Northern Winds

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) op. 65, No. 5 I balladetone (Im Balladenton)
op. 68, No. 2 Bestemors menuett (Großmutters Menuett)
op. 68, No. 5 Bådnlåt (An der Wiege)
aus den Lyrischen Stücken
John Rutter (*1942) Of a Rose, a lovely Rose
Barbara Schmelz (*1988) Improvisation über ein schwedisches Sommerlied
Schwedisches Volkslied Uti vår hage (Auf unserer Wiese)
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) Six studies in English folksongs:
Lovely on the water
Spurn Point
Van Dieman’s Land
She borrowed some of her Mother’s Gold
The Lady and the Dragoon
As I walked over London Bridge
Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707) Präludium in D- Dur BWV 139
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) Vocalise
aus 14 Romanzen op. 34
Martin Akerwall (*1963) Meditation
Jörg Duda (*1968) No. 2 Nocturne: Rautjärvi
aus Matkalla
Jacob Gade (1879-1963) Tango Jalousie

What the Critics Say

“Tuba and Organ in Perfect Harmony”
Südwest Presse, 5 February 2018

“Like a gentle summer wind!”

Passauer Neue Presse, 16 August 2017