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for 6 Percussionists and Orchestra
Although the six solo parts demand a high level of virtuosity, "Tides"
is not a regular Concerto Grosso, in which the soloists try to outshine
one another on the firm fundament loyally provided by the orchestra.The
group of soloists appears rather as a collective. forming three
parallell, intertwining streams of waves, merging into one, slowly
The soloists, not the orchestra, carry the whole form of the piece, a
strictly calculated philigrane of waves, expanding and diminishing in
the course of three large "tides". On this backdrop, I have been free to
treat the orchestra much more intuitively, responding to the actions of
the percussion group in a multitude of ways - or not responding at all,
living a life on its own.