Tidal Movements (2012)
for Double Bass Quartet
February 17, 2013
Louisiana Bass Fest Concert
SOM Recital Hall, School of Music, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Yung-Chiao Wei, John Madere, Yi-Jung Su, Yun-Chieh Chou, basses
Duration: 11 minutes
I was selected to participate in the project for the double bass studio of Robert Black at the Hartt School, and it is my pleasure to write a chamber work for basses. Tidal Movements for double bass quartet is the piece composed under the circumstances.
Mostly, the shoreline has at least one high tide and one low tide each day. Somehow the ongoing tidal current becomes slack in order to change its direction. I found it is quite interesting and have attempted to represent the gesture of daily tides at the seashore in my music. Beginning with a pizzicato walking bass, Tidal Movements uses a regular ostinato, which quickly becomes unstable. It gradually reaches high tide by extending the range and speeding up the rhythmic patterns. Between tides, there are several chorale sections for the slack water to turn into different gestures. For me, when the rumbling of the bass becomes more and more fierce, it also serves as a trope that suggests a struggle such as when people come to turning points in their lives.
– Feng-Hsu Lee (November 12, 2012 West Hartford, CT)