Kesh Jig Concerto

Durata: 4 min
Recorded by Baadsvik on CD: Tuba carnival
Year: 2002
Arrangements available in the following instrumentations:
Tuba and piano, Tuba and string orchestra
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‘Øystein wanted an arrangement, with variations, of the Irish folk melody Keshgig. I decided to write the piece as a tuba concerto in one movement. As I was un- familiar with the principles of concerto form, I turned to an old master for help. I studied the form of the first movement of Mozart’s Third Horn Concerto, and how he alternates melodies, and major and minor keys. After decorating the gig with a couple of melodies of my own, I omitted the cadenza that is obligatory in a solo concerto and wrote instead a fugue on a variant of the gig’s main theme. If Bach could have seen it, he would no doubt have made a number of corrections in red ink. Mozart and Irish folk musicians, too, would probably have some reservations about this piece of music. I regard it as a study work that crosses genre boundaries, and I hope in all humility that it possesses the entertainment value for which I have striven.’

Sound and video with Baadsvik playing Lundén-Wellden – Kesh Jig Concerto:

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