Martin Smolka (*1959) Still Life with Tubas or Silent Hiding
[2tuba,orch] 2007/08 duration: 20'
solos: 2tuba - 4(picc.A-fl).0.4(B-clar).0. - 126.96.36.199 - perc(3) - hp - pno- str: 188.8.131.52.0
World première: Munich, Herkulessaal (musica viva-Konzerte) July 18, 2008
In this silent piece two monumental solo instruments act gently playing only few tones, mostly soft, sometimes very soft or even in whisper: Tender giants.
In this lyrical piece the two grotesque instruments play soberly no puffy runs and jumps, just attentively designed sounds: Clowns in love.
In this orchestral piece individual parts contain just few notes. During one of the long rests the players are even requested to stay motionless like statues: A crowded still life.
In various shades a certain principal reappears obsessively. A section is repeated in slight variations; step by step it becomes softer and thinner, while silences between sounds rise: Silence Hiding.
(Martin Smolka, 2008)