Keeping Back

CR: 62
Year: 2009
Duration: 11'
Instrumentation: Brass Ensemble
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4 Trumpets in C (No. 1 alternating Piccolo Trumpet in Bb)
2 Horns in F
3 Tenor Trombones
1 Bass Trombone
1 Bass Tuba

3 Percussion
Player 1:
Drum Set: Hi-Hat, Crash Cymbal, Ride Cymbal, 3 Tom-toms, Snare Drum, Bass Drum
Player 2:
Triangle
Tubular Bells
4 Kitchen Pans (4 different pitches, low to high)
Timpano
Player 3:
Bongos
Glockenspiel
Tam-tam
Bass Drum

NEOS Brass conducted by Jeroen Schippers

If you keep back part of something, you do not use or give away all of it, so that you still have some to use at a later time. This is exactly what Keeping Back, written for NEOS Brass, is all about. On a large as well as on a small scale this translates to a forte-(subito)piano, in other words: erupting and restraining, in that order. I found this to be a very interesting gesture, common to a lot of serial music written in the 1940s & 50s. The percussion section of the ensemble is expanded with kitchen pans, that add an extra metal timbre to the percussive blows of the brass and play a more autonomous role in the last section of the piece.

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  • 15 November 2009, 20.00, Lutherse Kerk, Lutherse burgwal 7-9, The Hague, The Netherlands (Premiere)
    NEOS Brass conducted by Jeroen Schippers
  • 12 February 2011, 11.30, Arnold Schönbergzaal, Royal Conservatoire, The Hague, The Netherlands
    Instrumentalists of the Royal Conservatoire conducted by Rolf Verbeek
    Open Day Royal Conservatoire of The Hague
    Conductor Rolf Verbeek
    Trumpet 1 Anne Oelers
    Trumpet 2 Rutger Woudenberg
    Trumpet 3 Pieter Koster
    Trumpet 4 Paul van Gils
    Horn 1 Caroline Bovée
    Horn 2 SungHwan Yoon
    Tenor Trombone 1 Georgios Kachrimanis
    Tenor Trombone 2 Adriaan van der Louw
    Tenor (Bass) Trombone 3 Lars Peder Brinks Sørensen
    Bass Trombone Nuno Morais Henriques
    Tuba Adrian Miranda Redondo
    Percussion 1 Vitaly Medvedev
    Percussion 2 Natalia Alvarez-Arenas Arias
    Percussion 3 Mei-Yi Lee
  • 28 March 2011, 19.30, Arnold Schönbergzaal, Royal Conservatoire, The Hague, The Netherlands
    Instrumentalists of the Royal Conservatoire conducted by Christiaan Richter
    CASS 4
    Conductor Christiaan Richter
    Trumpet 1 Anne Oelers
    Trumpet 2 Rutger Woudenberg
    Trumpet 3 Maria Grasser
    Trumpet 4 Roel van der Zande
    Horn 1 Sebastian Ritzel
    Horn 2 Edward Peeters
    Tenor Trombone 1 Georgios Kachrimanis
    Tenor Trombone 2 Rudolfs Kulbergs
    Tenor (Bass) Trombone 3 Lars Peder Brinks Sørensen
    Bass Trombone Nuno Morais Henriques
    Tuba Adrian Miranda Redondo
    Percussion 1 Vitaly Medvedev
    Percussion 2 Natalia Alvarez-Arenas Arias
    Percussion 3 Mei-Yi Lee

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