Rabbit Heaven

for brass quintet and percussion

Tim Souster

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for brass quintet and percussion

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Composer Tim Souster
Year of Composition 1986
Duration ca.12'
Categories (all composers) , , ,
Catalogue ID ce-ts1rh1


Rabbit Heaven is a homage to Bugs Bunny (just as an earlier orchestral piece, Paws 3D, is a homage to Tom and Jerry). The three movements are structured in the form of three imaginary film scores, each preceded by a signature tune, and given absurdly punning titles: ‘Hare Today’, Cold Cross Bunny’ and ‘Hare to Eternity’. The valedictory tone of these titles is not fortuitous: Rabbit Heaven was inspired by the passing of a pet rabbit and the central movement contains a funeral dirge in honour of this departed beast.

The conventional brass quintet is joined by a percussionist who doubles as the supplier of sound effects. These sounds are stored as samples which can be triggered by a set of pads which are struck by the player with normal sticks at the moments prescribed in the score.

© Tim Souster

Rabbit Heaven was commissioned by the English Brass Ensemble.

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