Tim Souster

Heavy Reductions
Tim Souster Heavy Reductions

for tuba and tape

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Heavy Reductions takes a stage further the Victorian piano reductions of Wagner's Ring on which I was weaned. They combine turgid, unpianistic textures with highly flowery English translations of the German. This piece is an even more radical paring down of the opening of Das Rheingold for a single melody instrument. By means of tape techniques I have re-created a Wagnerian orchestra of tubas, discovering in the process that whole passages from the Rheingold Prelude could be reconstructed by electronic multiple echo techniques. The period quality of the work is further emphasised by the recitation by the soloist of Wagner's stage directions which are so often ignored in modern metaphysical productions of The Ring.

Commissioned by Melvyn Poore with funds provided by West Midlands Arts and first performed by Melvyn Poore on 22 November 1977 at the Ashton Centre for the Arts, Birmingham.

Performance of this work requires an additional electronic 'tape' part. Upon purchase of this item, the audio files will be sent to you via file transfer service.

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Composer Tim Souster
Year of Composition 1977
Instrumentation tape, Tuba
Duration ca. 10'10"
Student Difficulty No

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