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The orchestral instruments: The tuba

The tuba is so big that it works really great to pack clothes within it when going on tour – did you know about that?! The tuba player of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra reveals this and other secrets in the video about the tuba.

The tuba is the largest of the instrument in the brass family. It can play very low notes and sound even mystical – probably this is the reason why the tuba sometimes portrays some very exciting creatures… 

This video is part of a series of playful videos on how the instruments used in a symphony orchestra function and sound. In each film, musicians from the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra talk about their instruments and play one or several musical pieces together.

The series about the orchestral instruments is produced with the support of Konserthuset Stockholm's main sponsor SEB. 

  • The music

  • Modest Musorgsky Bydlo from Pictures at an Exhibition, arr Maurice Ravel
  • Richard Wagner “The Dragon” from The Rhine Gold
  • Erland von Koch Allegro vivace
  • John Williams Jabba the Hutt from The Empire Strikes Back
  • Participants

  • Karl-Johan Elf tuba
  • This video can be used in music education as an audiovisual teaching material, primarily intended for children aged 6 to 9 years ­­– but people of all ages might still find it interesting! 
  • The video is approximately 6 minutes long.
  • Subtitles in English or Swedish is activated by using the CC control in the video player.