Watson releases 'Thoughts of a Cow' tuba CD

Recording features KU performances, compositions

A new CD by Scott Watson, professor of tuba-euphonium, has just been released on Potenza Records. Titled "Thoughts of a Cow,” the CD features Watson along with numerous KU composers, alumni and students, including KU music faculty member Ellen Bottorff on piano.

Scott Watson

The project was partially funded by a General Research Grant from KU and was recorded at Soundtrek Studios in Kansas City and Overland Park under the engineering of Jeff Schiller.

The title track, based on an idea from the David Sedaris book "Me Talk Pretty One Day," was composed by KU graduate James Henry in his senior year. The work featured Watson with the KU Trumpet Ensemble conducted by Professor Stephen Leisring as well as KU students on clarinet and percussion.

Other works include "Oread Dances" by KU alumnus Tom Szott, which features Watson joining forces with the tuba-euphonium sections of the famed Fountain City Brass Band and the KU Tuba Consort under the baton of Music Director Joseph Parisi. Paul Stevens, professor of horn, also is featured on the Brett Miller composition "Unseen Colors".

KU student Ben McMillan's composition "Tomes of Hardened Steel" was also composed especially for this recording, one with electronic orchestral accompaniment. McMillian's euphonium talents are also showcased on the CD's final track "Funsemble #4” along with KU alumnus percussionist Mary Watson.

Other works on the recording include Kansas City-based composer Barbara York's "Dancing With Myself" with Lee Harrelson, professor of low brass at Missouri Western University; "Aria con Variazioni" by Handel; Franz Strauss's "Nocturno" Hindemith's "Sonata for Alto Horn"; and "Allegro Spiritoso" by J.B. Senaillé.

This is the second recording on Potenza Records by Watson. He can also be heard on "Stepping Stones, Volume I," released in 2008.

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