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Piece Title : Arena Percussion Concerto No.1
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Composer / Arranger : Brostrom, Tobias
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Tobias Broström
Tobias Broström was born in 1978 in Helsingborg, Sweden. Following four years of percussion studies at the Malmö Academy of Music, he embarked on the pursuit of a Master’s degree in composition, studying with the Swedish composer Rolf Martinsson and the Italian composer Luca Francesconi.

Broström has composed music for dance, chamber opera and various chamber music, but during the last years he has mainly focused on orchestral writing in works such as La Danse, Transit Underground, Crimson Skies, Crimson Seas, Kaléidoscope, Violin Concerto, Arena – Percussion Concerto No. 1, Piano Concerto – Belle Epoque, Samsara and Lucernaris – Concerto for Trumpet, Live Electronics & Orchestra, which was composed for Håkan Hardenberger. Numerous soloists, conductors, ensembles and orchestras, including Robin Ticciati, Michael Sanderling, Anna Larsson, Karen Gomyo, Colin Currie, Dima Slobodeniouk, Johannes Gustavsson, Thomas Søndergård, Andrew Manze, Per Tengstrand, Mats Rondin, Tõnu Kaljuste, Simon Preston, Johan Bridger, Hugo Ticciati, Jaime Martín, Dresdner Philharmonie, BBC Philharmonic, Estonian National Orchestra, Komische Oper Berlin, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Gävle SO, Helsingborg SO, Trondheim SO, Malmö SO, Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen, Vogtland Philharmonie, Oviedo SO, the Symphony Orchestra of Norrlandsoperan, Aurora Chamber Orchestra, Penisula Festival Orchestra, Radio Television of Serbia Symphony Orchestra, Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra, Musica Vitae, Third Coast Percussion Quartet, Malleus Incus, Gageego, Esclats Percussion Quartet and BIT20 have performed his works. Tobias’ solo and chamber music have been performed throughout Europe, the USA and Asia.

Between 2006 – 2009 Tobias was Composer-in-Residence with the Gävle Symphony Orchestra under principal conductor Robin Ticciati, resulting in two new orchestral works each year. Two of these, Crimson Seas & Lucernaris were selected by Swedish Radio to represent Sweden in the European Broadcasting Union’s International Rostrum of Composers in 2007 & 2009. In autumn 2008 his Arena – Solo Version was picked out to be performed at the 52nd International Festival of Contemporary Music at the Venice Biennale and his orchestral piece Transit Underground was nominated for best orchestral piece of the year by Swedish Music Publishers’ Association. In 2010 Lucernaris was nominated for best orchestral piece and in 2012 La Danse.
During season 2011 – 2012 Tobias is featured composer with Helsingborg SO as well as with Västerås Sinfonietta. 2012 his double concerto Samsara will be played by violinist Hugo Ticciati, marimbist Johan Bridger and the Swedish National Youth Symphony Orchestra on a US tour in Chicago Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall and in Strathmore Center, Washington.

Tobias Broström’s music is published by Gehrmans, Edition Svitzer and Keyboard Percussion Publications.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Untuned Percussion
Instrument / Discipline : Percussion Concerto
Instrumentation : Bell Tree / Bongos (Set of) / Cow Bell / Dobaci (x3) / Hi-Hats / Kick Bass Drum / Large Size Tom (x2) / Medium Size Tom / Metal Pipe/Plate (x2) / Octoban (x4) / Peking Opera Gong / Piccolo Snare Drum / Small Size Tom / Splash Cymbal / Suspended Cymbal / Tam-Tam / Thunder Metal Tongue / Waterphone / Wood Block (x5)
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : 5 Octave Marimba
Written for / Commissioned by : Johan Bridger/Malmö Symphony Orchestra
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Publisher :Edition Svitzer
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Year Composed / Copyright Date :2004 /  2004
Duration :27Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2, 4, Various
Special Needs :Peking Opera Gong, Waterphone, 3 Tuned Dobaci,
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :

Arena - Percussion Concerto No. 1

Written in 2004 with an inner eye on the percussion soloist and Swedish Soloist Prize winner Johan Bridger, to whom the piece was dedicated and who eventually gave its original première during a concert with Malmö Symphony Orchestra and conductor Christoph König on 6 May 2004.
The concerto comprises two movements, each of which is divided up into clerarly distinct sections. Broström uses a large array of percussion
instruments placed in three separate stations, and it is when the soloist moves from one station to the other that the image is evoked of the arena that has lent the work its name. In that each station possesses its own arrangement of instruments, the different sections of the concerto have their own unique sound.

The first movement opens as a burst of extreme violence, with the soloist`s percussion rig placed at the back, raised between the orchestral percussion section and the timpani. The thematic material is thus presented and the movement gradually comes to an end stage-front in the second station, which includes a waterphone, a brass instrument comprising rods of different lenghts that are played with a bow.

A lengthy section of the second movement`s opening is dominated by the third station`s marimba (which is placed on the other side of the podium`s front), played with great virtuosity before the soloist returns to the percussion combo of the first station, ushered there by additional percussionists in an explosion of pyrotechnics. The solo percussionist emerges from the orchestra`s percussion section to eventually take over and launch into the solo cadence.

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