Rocky Island Boat Bay

Part 1: Molto vigoroso – Intermezzo espressivo Part 2: Love song – Menuette – Grandioso Part 3: Chanson populaire – Percussion expo – Cadenza – Finale feroce
Composer: Fredrik Högberg
Durata: 20 min
Recorded by Baadsvik on CD: 21st Century Tuba Concertos
Arrangements available in the following instrumentations:
Tuba and Symphony Orchestra

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).

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