The Changeling (Nachbaur, Fred)

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D. H. Zanette (2011/9/1)

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Publisher. Info. Fred Nachbaur Estate
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Work Title The Changeling
Alternative. Title Concerto in 3 movements
Composer Nachbaur, Fred
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IFN 2
Key G minor
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 3 movements:
  1. Pupation
  2. Hibernation
  3. Emergence
First Publication. 2002
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation Solo: electric jazz guitar
Orchestra: 2 flutes, 2 clarinets (B, bassoon + drum kit + strings + XG synthesizer keyboard, electric bass

A Concerto in Three Movements for Electric Guitar, small orchestra, and XG effects

This is planned as a centre-piece in my second record, a concept album about change and evolution, and the fluidity of what we generally refer to as "reality".

This work takes themes by Bach and Schubert, and moves them into a contemporary setting. The solo instrument is Electric Jazz Guitar, accompanied by an orchestra consisting of two flutes, two B-flat clarinets, bassoon, strings, XG synthesizer keyboard, electric bass, and drum kit.

The concerto consists of three movements:

Movement 1: "Pupation"

This is based on the adagio from Bach's piano concerto in D minor, BVW 1052. The arrangement, however, is quite different from any other Bach rendition you may have heard, with the possible exception of Wendy Carlos' work. This movement represents change from within, movement from darkness to light.

Movement 2: "Hibernation"

Evolution demands periods of respite, and this piece represents a short holiday from the agony and ecstasy of change. The mood is peaceful, perhaps even a bit schmaltzy. It's based on two beautiful Schubert melodies, but the arrangement betrays some of my strongest influences; Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and perhaps a hint of Mahler. I'll leave it to the listener to find the parallels.

Movement 3: "Emergence"

Via the often painful demands, the Changeling finally emerges victorious. This piece is based on an original theme vaguely reminiscent of the Bach adagio used for the first movement. It indeed harks briefly back to that work, then develops into an orchestrated re-statement of the main theme. After a somewhat "industrial" yet subdued interlude, the theme re-appears, morphed into the major mode to suggest a pretty, albeit slightly ditzy butterfly.