Program Notes

THREE SOLO PIECES FOR TUBA (Ancient Perspectives) No. 1 ’Dzagidi’

The first two solo pieces for tuba (Ancient Perspectives) - Dzagidi and Vodzogbe, Op. 24, for tuba, were written in February 1992, at the Univerity of Ghana, Legon, upon a commission to me from Oren Marshall, an English tuba player who visited Ghana early 1992. Oren then had just been a prize winner at the Geneva International Competition. They were premiered on the 2nd of April 1992 at the British Council Hall, Accra. These poetic pieces explore the quartal singing mannerisms of the Anlo Ewe people of West Africa. As such they are characterized by persistent leaps predominantly quartal in nature. On a few occasions, the extreme tessitura of the instrument is touched. Both pieces are quasi-architectural in structure. The titles have been syllabically amalgamated for their onomatopoetic effects with no programatic implications. The third unaccompanied piece was written in September 2011 in the memory of the late Professor Nicholas Zinzendorf Nayo - an eminent Ghanaian scholar and composer.

Dr. E. Gyimah Labi Seattle, WA USA November 2009

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