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Steptoe  Roger  Dourando As  Trevas  Tu136

Roger Steptoe
Dourando as Trevas

Painting Darkness Gold

for 2 tubas and vibraphone

  • Level: intermediate
  • Duration: 4'30
  • Genre: contemporary
  • Series: 2 Tubas & Friends
  • Composed: 2005

Reference: TU136
Score and parts


  • Instrumentation:

    2 tubas (or horn and tuba) and vibraphone

  • Published: 2010
  • Publisher: Editions Bim


Roger Steptoe

Roger Steptoe (*1953)

Roger Steptoe (born 1953) is acknowledged to be one of the most respected British musicians of his generation. A composer of international renown his impressive catalogue of works includes chamber ... Read more

About Dourando as Trevas

An ever-changing universe of sound

Douranda as Trevas (Painting darkness gold) takes its title from a poem by the 18th-century neo-classical Portuguese lyric poet, Manuel Maria Barbosa du Bocage (1765-1805). The work is an ever-changing universe of sound, mainly created by the vibraphone at the beginning. The main climatic passage represents the darkness changing into gold with the two tubas singing in counterpoint against a throbbing, harmonic accompaniment. The work ends as it begins, enigmatic and dark.