Festive Overture was an amazing introduction to the concert. The piece opened with a bright fanfare, with the trumpet playing a very crisply articulated melody, giving the fanfare lighter feel. The horns supported this trumpet melody by building the chords. The phrase is repeated and the upper voices come in as an accompaniment, which adds a shimmer-like effect over the melody. The melodic phrase is r...
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...nd the horn playing the melody. After this, the section ends with a series of chords and we transition to the more minor and dark section B. It seems to have gotten slower, but the notes just have longer durations in comparison to the previous section. The dynamics gradually rise, as do the pitches, and t builds up to transition back to the introductory theme. The piece ends with a chord, but then a tuba melody comes from off stage. The melody is smooth, and it has a calm tone, which fades at the end. This is when we are introduced to Øystein Baadsvik.
After finishing off the fanfare, he demonstrates various techniques that can be done on the tuba. He started by showing the audience double tonguing in the lower register, which he compared to the sound of a helicopter. He then showed the audience the effect created when he sang and played the tuba at the same time.
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