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Tubby the President : baritone horn with piano

by Michael Kieran Harvey (2018)

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Performance by Michael Kieran Harvey, Simon Reade from the CD PRTZL

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PRTZL / chamber works composed by Michael Kieran Harvey.

Library shelf no. CD 3081 [Not for loan]

Tubby the President


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Tubby the President : [eScore] / Michael Kieran Harvey.

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Work Overview

This work is dedicated to the Canadian tuba player Adrian Rumson, who also commissioned it. It is around 5 minutes and is based on the locrian mode. This seemed apt as a cursed scale for the suggested subject matter. The mythological Locrians were punished for the actions of their elected leader Ajax, who raped Cassandra, and generally behaved like a narcissistic imbecile drunk on power. The character of the piece challenges the nature of the instrument, asking it to behave like a much more agile instrument, and to employ various effects to stand out from the harrying piano textures. The Baritone Horn version was premiered by Simon Reade and Michael Kieran Harvey in the Hobart Town Hall at the Green Oration, 23/7/2018.

Work Details

Year: 2018

Instrumentation: Baritone horn, piano.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Highly virtuosic, high synchronicity required

Dedication note: Dedicated to Simon Reade

Commission note: Commissioned by Bob Brown.

First performance: by Simon Reade, Michael Kieran Harvey at Hobart Oration (Hobart Town Hall) on 23 Jul 2018

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Performances of this work

17 Nov 2018: at Dancing to the Tremors of Time (Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)). Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey, Simon Reade.

23 Jul 2018: at Hobart Oration (Hobart Town Hall). Featuring Simon Reade, Michael Kieran Harvey.

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