Art music has often taken upon itself to perform the role of conscience rising out of an abyss of agony. But there are many different sides to me, as a music-maker and person, and I want all of these sides to be represented in my œuvre. Not just the difficult and melancholy aspects – happiness and joy, light-heartedness and enthu- siasm are also traits that need to be addressed in musical form.
Rocky Island Boat Bay is a piece of music created with enthusiasm and tender- ness. It spans several styles and might be given the label ‘Genre: exotic’. I myself think of it as ‘music music’: a kind of variety show consisting of invigorating tuba virtuosity surrounded by a large orchestra with all its variety and colours.
Molto vigoroso – Intermezzo espressivo: a forceful opening with a steady ‘beat’.
Love song – Menuette – Grandioso: Just what the title says – a romantic theme with a certain melancholy tinge which after a quasi-baroque excursion in the style of a minuet finds its way back and reaches a full flowering in a voluptuous romantic courtship. Chanson populaire – Percussion expo – Cadenza – Finale feroce: Chanson populaire – possibly a reminiscence of a Swedish sailors’ song? A quartet consist- ing of three percussionists and the tuba soloist creates an impression of chamber music. The cadenza – like the solo part on the whole – was written in close collab- oration with Øystein, and will thus remain unplayable for anyone else for the fore- seeable future…
Rocky Island Boat Bay is a play on words, hinging on the name of the work’s dedicatee: ØY (island)-STEIN (rock) BAAD (boat)-S-VIK (bay).