Unfinished Rhapsody for Bass Tuba and Orchestra

Scope and Content

Handwritten by Burgess.

The first movement is complete at 40 pages in length. The second movement is unfinished and extends to 4 pages only.

See also AB/ARCH/A/MUS/78: File containing fragments of unidentified orchestral score.

Administrative / Biographical History

According to Paul Phillips in his "A Clockwork Counterpoint: the Music and Literature of Anthony Burgess" (Manchester University Press, 2010), Burgess set out to compose a work for tuba and orchestra towards the end of his life. Jay Rozen, the then tuba instructor at Southwest Texas State University, wrote to Burgess in October 1991 enquiring about any compositions for, or including, the tuba. Burgess replied to Rozen in December to confirm that he was currently composing a work for him, titled "Rhapsody for Bass Tuba and Orchestra, which he hoped to have completed by the New Year. Ultimately, the work appears to have been unfinished.