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Sonata for tuba and piano
I. Allegro giocoso
II. Andante sostenuto
III. Marcato e ritmico
Piano score incl. solo part
Difficulty: very difficult
Niklas Sivelöv composed his Sonata for Tuba and Piano, op. 5 between 1991 and 1992 for Øystein Baadsvik.
It has three movements and is a technically demanding work. The sonata unites two traditions, as it combines the musikantisch Spiel tradition with more modernistic style in which the exploration of the instrument's tonal resources is an important element.
The first movement presents two thematic ideas, the first prosaic, recitatively designed with wide intervals, and the second more rhythmic and melodic with somewhat narrower intervals.
Roughly speaking, the whole movement can be said to unfold within the field of tension between these two ideas and closes with a cadenza played by the tuba, which leads into the second movement.
This variations movement has the character of an intermezzo.
The final movement has a strong rhythmic orientation and is approaching the ecstatically ritual in its forcefulness when it finally picks up reminiscences from the works opening.
Niklas Sivelöv (born 1968) is primarily known as a concert pianist who gained international fame in the 1990s following a string of prizes at international competitions.
He has played with some of the leading orchestras and conductors in the world, has played solo recitals in leading halls, and frequently plays chamber music and accompanies other well-known young musicians in concerts.
The distinctions Niklas Sivelöv has received are many and impressive signifying his position as leading Nordic pianist.
His recording of own improvisations over Bellman?s music was awarded the important The Independent Music Awards, where he as the first Swede ever won the prize for the best classical album and was elected Winner of Vox Populi poll, a component of the 8th IMA program.
Former winners include names like Norah Jones, Tom Waits and Peter Gabriel.
He has received the Diapason d?Or (Berwald?s Piano Concerto), Cannes nomination for best 20th century recording (Einar Englund?s Piano Concerto No.1) and Penguin Record Guide?s highest marks (Piano works by Wilhelm Stenhammar and Wilhelm Peterson-Berger).
His Skrjabin recording, The Fanfare magazine called, "one of the best editions ever". Niklas Sivelöv was recently also elected for the Steinway Hall of Fame Practically as early as he began performing professionally he released his own compositions.
One of his initial successes was his tuba sonata of 1992 written for Oystein Baadsvik.
His music has been performed by artists such as Patrick Gallois, Markus Leoson, The Kroumata Percussion Ensemble, Chen Halevi , Morten Zeuthen and orchestras such as The Stockholm Radio Orchestra and The Osnabrück Symphonic Orchestra.