Ebbing Tides

Michael Taplin (1991)

Ebbing Tides 2016

3333 - 4331 - timp.perc(2) - pno.harp - strings (14.12.10.8.6)
Duration 
7
Genre 

"Supplying unstable pulses of sound that lull you into a false sense of security, it’s a moody and colouristic piece that made skilful use of its deluxe forces."
The Times

"Following the interval was Michael Taplin’s five-minute Ebbing Tides, which grew out of his earlier SHARD, an explosive piece using extremes of register, and is music of delicate transformations, overlapping lines and slowly shifting textures, lead to an outburst with glittering percussion. Taplin is a composer worth watching for."
Classical Source

"After the interval the première of a new piece, Ebbing Tides, by the 25-year old composer Michael Taplin proved to be a strong piece introducing a distinctive compositional voice. Written in an extended tonality, it opened with a brooding motif which dominated the piece throughout in different guises. A more animated and bleak central section created quite an original head of steam, before retreating into the gloom. Well-orchestrated and paced, this was a most promising piece by a new young musical voice."
Bachtrack

Comments 

Written for the LSO Discovery Panufnik Composers Scheme.

Performances 
14.12.16 Barbican Hall, London: London Symphony Orchestra / Fabien Gabel
3
Flute
2nd doubling alto flute, 3rd doubling piccolo
3
Oboe
3rd doubling cor anglais
3
Clarinet
2nd Eb clarinet, 3rd clarinet in A doubling bass clarinet
3
Bassoon
4
Horn
3
Trumpet
3
Trombone
3rd bass trombone
1
Tuba
1
Timpani
2
Percussion
vibraphone, crotales, tom-tom, xylophone, medium woodblock, maracas, marimba, suspended cymbals, cow bell, snare drum, glockenspiel
14
Violin
12
Violin II
10
Viola
8
Cello
6
Double bass
1
Harp
1
Piano
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