Instrumentation: tuba and percussion
Year Composed: 2016
Premiere: April 8, 2017 • BrassTaps Duo
Distacco, literally translated (it.) as detachment, describes an archeological process by which layers of paint are removed from a surface in a manner that preserves each subsequent layer. This work is formally organized by the bredth of sound being created by both players at any given moment. It begins with the broadest of sounds and slowly makes its way toward the most focused of sounds. The latter creates a certain intimate quality, especially when juxtaposed with earlier material that, in a way, reflects the traditional roles of tuba and percussion within a larger ensemble. As the piece progresses, it is as if layers of paint are being removed and preserved for us to examine, while ultimately honing in on something that we consider original and pure.