Eduard Tubin: Toccata

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra | Neeme Jarvi | BIS 2002

The Estonian composer wrote this Toccata for symphony orchestra in 1937; I heard it on the radio and decided it was worth a second listen. I found it an evocative piece of music – the driving rhythms in the bass and rapid passing around of the theme convey to me emotions of anger and perhaps even fear. There is a brief reprise around half way through which has some menacing, insistent notes in the brass. A piano is also used to create resonant bass notes. The texture and dynamics drop back again towards the end, before building up to a final climax which makes use of some general pauses for dramatic effect.

 

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