Piltdown Fragments is the second work I wrote especially for Barton Cummings. Although both it and Midnight Variations are for tuba and electronic tape, this work is quite different in character from the earlier piece.
The work is a fantasy in five sections based on short motives which reappear in ever changing relationships. Each of the first four sections of the tape presents a different idea, and these are reiterated and combined in the last section.
The tuba part, based on the intervals of an augmented fourth, minor second, and a minor third, is designed, especially in the second, more subdued section, to make use of some of the innovative techniques of modern tuba performance. As with the tape, the tuba solo line in the last section is a summation of earlier ideas.
Piltdown Fragments, for tuba solo and electronic tape, has been recorded by Barton Cummings, tuba soloist, on Crystal Records: S-391.
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