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Rolf Wallin

Publisher: Chester Music

Tides (1998)
Commissioned by the Kroumata Percussion Ensemble
Chester Music Ltd
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed
25 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
6 percussion
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Programme Note
Rolf Wallin Tides (1998)
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 parallel intertwining streams of waves, merging into one slowly evolving motion.

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.

© Rolf Wallin

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  • Ensemble
    Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra / Kroumata Percussion Ensmble
    Martin Grubinger (percussion)
    Jaap van Zweden / John Axelrod / Jukka-Pekka Saraste
  • 19 FEB 2016
    Percussion Plus Festival 2016
    Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn, Estonia
    Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
    Paul Mägi, conductor
  • 12 MAR 2009
    De Geer Hall, Norrkoping, Sweden
    Norrköpings Symfoniorkester
    Stefan Solyom, conductor
  • 09 FEB 2008
    Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland
    Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

    Other Dates:
    10 February - Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland
  • 29 AUG 2007
    De Geer Hallen, Norrkoping, Sweden
    Norrkopings Symphony Orchestra
    Kroumata Percussion Ensemble
  • 14 SEP 2006
    Oslo, Norway
    Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
    Kroumata; Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor

    Other Dates:
    15 September - Oslo, Norway
  • 14 AUG 2005
    Elverum Music Festival, Norway

    Other Dates:
    15 August - Stavanger Concert Hall, Norway

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