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Metallëphônic Remix

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Daniel Nelson

Daniel Nelson (arr. Högstedt)

General Info

Year: 2001 / 2005
Duration: c. 16:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Cimarron Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $180.00   |   Score Only (print) - $30.00


1. Iron – 2:10
2. Arsenic – 1:05
3. Alum – 2:55
4. Mercury – 4:50
5. Lead – 1:25
6. White Arsenic – 0:30
7. Steel – 2:25


Full Score
Solo Tuba
Flute I-II-III (III doubles piccolo)
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
C Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Bass Trombone
Electric Bass
Electric Guitar
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gran Cassa (low)
  • Maracas (small)
  • Scrap Metal (3 pieces: high, medium, low - all dry pitch)
  • Suspended Cymbal (medium)
  • Tam-Tam (low)
  • Triangle (small)
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The same day that I started to work on Metallëphônic, my upstairs neighbour decided to crank her stereo to maximum volume. For the next four days there was a constant stream of heavy metal coming from the apartment above. At first, I tried to block out her music by ignoring it, and then, failing that, I tried to escape into the world of Beethoven. In the middle of listening to the slow movement of the 7th Symphony, I was surprised to hear what I at first thought were orchestral mistakes in the recording. It took me a while to figure out that I was actually hearing low bass-notes from my neighbor’s sound system as they bled through my ceiling and into my earphones, blending with Beethoven and producing some very weird resultant harmonies.

Intrigued by this fusion of discordant musical elements, I quickly turned on my stereo speakers as well as some sound files from my computer, and proceeded to balance their respective volumes so that they too would blend with the heavy metal from upstairs. I soon noticed that the ear strives very hard to separate individual sound sources, frantically trying to make sense out of cacophony. Occasionally, however, with the right mixture of music and volume, the three sound sources would combine into a hybrid soundscapes which could be heard as an entire sound unit. It is in these resultant soundscapes, with their strange blend of harmonies and of rhythms, that Metallëphônic takes its compositional point of departure.

Metallëphônic was written for and premiered by tubaist Øystein Baadsvik in 2007, and dedicated to the Sundsvall/Nordic Chamber Orchestra.

- Program Note by composer

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