I composed "Rhapsody" in December of 2003, as commissioned by bari-tuba ensemble group Tubium. The term "Rhapsody" is defined as "an enthusiastic expression of feeling" and "a state of elated bliss." It also means, in Greek, "an ethnic history (of a nation)" and "an ancient Greek epic poem."
Composer Akira Toda, director of the group, requested a piece that would improve the ensemble's repertoire. The above definitions became key terms of mine as I developed this piece. It is easy for anyone, starting with Junior and Senior High School students, to rehearse and perform this piece because of its cheerful and clear style.