Tuba is the name of several instruments
used for bass
parts in the brass section. The tubas
rarely play a melodic
part. The player holds the tuba close to his body, with the funnel
facing up. Its predecessors had been the serpent.
Among the relatively well known tubas are the Euphonium
(the tenor tuba used in the symphonic orchestra),
The Bombardon (the bass tuba), the bigger heliconand
sousaphone, surrounding the player's body as a big ring.
There is a great deal of confusion and difference in
terminology among different nations as to the naming of the types of tuba,
yet their role in the symphonic orchestra and military bands are similar.
was among the developers of this instrument and put it to use in
(for example, "The Meistersinger of Nuerenberg").