The work “Signals” for trumpet and piano was commissioned by the festival BrassWind 2010 for the Norwegian trumpeter Erlend Aagaard-Nilsen.
The title refers to signaltrumpet blowing, a wellknown use of the instrument. The work has 7 parts, and each part starts with fanfarelike motives, where the trumpet is blowing into the piano, that now exclusively works as “soundboard”. After each fanfarepart the active ensemble with the piano is beginning. Small musical “rooms” with different shape now step forward: “comatting”, “uneasy / restless”, “resolute”, “mysterious”, “innocent”.
Like more of my works, I focus on musical contrasts and dissimilar use of the instrument. The number 7 is often used in biblical symbolism, as for example in The Revelation of St. John, where he mentions “The seven trumpets”. 7 is also identical with the number of naturetone scales used by the modern valvetrumpet.
Eilert Tøsse (1954) has been activ as a composer since the beginning of the1980s.
He has his musical education from The Bergen Conservatory of Music (Organist Exam Higher Degree,
later Oneyear course in composition / arranging), and private composition studies with Ruth
Bakke, Kjell Samkopf and Nils Henrik Asheim. Besides being activ as a composer, he also
since 1983 works as organist in 50% job in Samnanger community.
His works include compositions for large og smaller instrumental combinations for brass and wind instruments, (brassband / windband), strings (e.g. string quartet), symphony orchestra, choir (mixed choir, male choir, female choir, children’s choir, a capella and with instruments), organ, piano, accordeon, percussion, guitar, electroacoustic music (based on live or electronic sound material, sound installations), ballet music, theatre music, pedagogical composition projects for children.
The basis of composition ideas are different for each work. In the vocal works are the text important for choice of tone language and other technics. In the sacred works are the preaching aspect in focus, with the experience of the church room as an important element. The sound installations often have their source in sound material at the certain place and sometimes in combination with acoustic works. Other characteristics in his music: Elements that either elvolves or contrast each other, focusing sound details and musical dramaturgy.
Eilert Tøsse has been represented with works at festivals as Autunnale, Avgarde, Borealis, BrassWind,
Kirkemusikkdagene i Bergen, Oslo Internasjonale Kirkemusikkfestival, Music Factory, Ultima a.o.
|Theme/genre||Norwegian music, Original music, Contemporary|
|Instrument||Trumpet in C|
|Instrumentation||Solo w/ piano|