1. Running Wild (1’50) - 2. Prayer (5’50) - 3. Dance (2’10) - 4. Song (2’30) - 5. Fafner’s Dream (4’10) - 6. Mephisto (3’40)
I got a contract from Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for one season (2011-2012), to be guest principal. Since I could only bring my Baer Cc tuba with me (I played through Blazhevich, Grigoriev, etc.), I asked Roger Bobo what he practiced with the Cc tuba when he was active with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. His answer was: "...Whatever! You can write your own etudes for it!"
I thought it was a good idea and started... but finally it grow up into solo concert pieces. But in my mind I heard other instruments around the tuba, so later, I wrote these notes down in a piano part.
The piece fully functions as an unaccompanied solo piece, but of course, it is more colorful with the piano. But the full Visions came alive surrounded by a chamber group.
Roland Szentpali, April 2012, Hong Kong