"This piece was composed at the request of Harri Lidsle. The propsed instrumentation of two tubas with a string quartet and pianoforte was a source of consternation to me, since a single tuba can easily balance, in terms of dynamics, a full symphony orachestra playing in tutti. Following an elongated period of reflection, I decided to resolve this balance issue by adding yet another challenge: I called the piece "Blues" and created two independent melodies (one for each tuba) that follow each other closely, thereby creating, in a virtual sense, a single melodic line."
- Vartan Adjemian on his piece Blues for two tubas, string quartet, and piano
solo parts included: tuba 1 & 2, violin 1, 2,viola, violoncello