Julius Jacobsen was born in 1915, and died in Stockholm in 1990. He was an active trombonist and composer/arranger in Denmark and Sweden, where he was a soloist with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to composing and arranging music for a number of films, he was well-known for his ability to improvise accompaniment for silent movies. Although his "Tuba Buffo" has been recorded numerous times, the 24 Preludes, composed in 1979, have rarely been heard. Through the talents of Zachariah Spellman and Karen Hutchinson the expressive and melodic potential of an often underestimated instrument can be appreciated at last. It's a great pleasure to present this "undiscovered" music of interest to the public through Digital Victrola. **** Producer's note - Preludes are, simply put, short pieces of music. They can be an introduction to a larger, more complex work, or a composer's way of demonstrating their ability to write in all 24 keys. For instance, Shostakovich followed Bach's model of a prelude setting up a more complex fugue, whereas Jacobsen took after Chopin and let the preludes stand on their own. Each of Jacobsen's preludes are, to me, it's own little world, and the quick modulations and skilled writing of the composer make stating what key signature is on the staff seem a bit irrelevant. So I chose to not bother with the customary listing of each Prelude number and key signature, and instead simply state that track #1 is Prelude No. 1, track #2 is Prelude No. 2, and so on through No. 24. The 25th track on this CD is an alternate take of Prelude No. 15. ----- Eric Wayne.