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Evening rain (double bass with pre-recorded sound)

by David Hush (1993)

Audio Sample

Performance by Gary Karr from the CD Evening rain

Evening rain

CD

Evening rain / David Hush ; performed by Gary Karr.

Library shelf no. CD 2662 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Written during a summer storm, Evening Rain is scored for double bass with a pre-recorded soundtrack of thunder and rain. It is dedicated to Gary Karr.

Prior to putting together a soundtrack, I sent the double bass part to Gary Karr, and explained the general idea behind the piece. On returning from a concert tour, Karr encountered rain and thunder during his first 24 hours back home. Seizing the initiative, Karr took the score to his music room and started to play it. By the middle of the piece the thunder had become so intense and the lightning so severe, that Karr's alarm system and water pump were blown out. I promptly received a letter from the soloist explaining how Evening Rain had exerted "an incredible impact on [his] life." He added that he was wary of playing it again without a soundtrack, surmising that "the real thing is too frightening!"

Evening Rain represents "a first" for composer and performer alike. To begin with, it is my first excursion into the realm of the electroacoustic; at the same time, it marks Karr's first interpretation of a piece using a pre-recorded soundtrack.

 

Work Details

Year: 1993

Instrumentation: Double bass, soundtrack.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Gary Karr

Performances of this work

Unknown date: featuring Gary Karr.

18 Mar 2017: at Elsen Price solo performance (St Philip Neri's Catholic Church (Northbridge)). Featuring Elsen Price.

8 Mar 97: 2MBS-FM Broadcast, Sydney. Featuring Gary Karr.

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