Dark with Excessive Bright: Concerto for Concert Bass and String Orchestra (Live) – EP
Dark with Excessive Bright (2018) 14'
Concerto for Contrabass or Violin and String Orchestra
solo contrabass or violin and string orchestra (or string quintet) str (220.127.116.11.1 players)
Commissioned by the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Aurora Orchestra
Dark with Excessive Bright was commissioned by Principal Bass Maxime Bibeau in celebration of his 20th year with the orchestra. “I was inspired in no small part by Maxime’s double bass, a massive instrument built in 1580 that was stored in an Italian monastery for hundreds of years and even patched with pages from the Good Friday liturgy’, says Mazzoli. ‘I imagined this instrument as a historian, an object that collected the music of the passing centuries in the twists of its neck and the fibres of its wood, finally emerging into the light at age 400 and singing it all into the world.’