Time Capsule

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Simon Garcia writes: 'Time capsule tells a story that I created. I wrote the piece for Bass-Fest 2013, which took place in August 2013 Somerset (UK), and I was very inspired by Wells Cathedral, a few miles from Frome. Time Capsule is written with only one theme which is used with different elements, thematic development and sonorities. The piece has a variety of timbres and textures, using the many different sounds and possibilities of the instrument.

Time Capsule tells of a monk from Wells Cathedral who, before being killed 200 years ago, hid a mysterious document within the walls of the cathedral. Today, years afterwards, a bass student from Wells Cathedral School discovers it. This mysterious document will be the main theme that will serve as a common thread throughout the piece.'

Time Capsule was commissioned for Bass-Fest 2013 by David Heyes, who has been Specialist Double Bass Tutor at Wells Cathedral School from 16 years, with funds kindly provided by the talented Somerset-based luthier, Martin Penning.


Time Capsule was premiered on Wednesday 7 August 2013, during the closing concert at Bass-Fest 2013 (Silk Mill, Frome, Somerset), by Dan Styffe, David Heyes, Claus Freudenstein, Eloise Riddell, Josie Jobbins, Teppo Hauta-aho, Simon Garcia and Ben Groenevelt.


Bassist and composer Simon Garcia was born in Mugardos (Spain) in 1977 and graduated in double bass from the Conservatorio Superior of Salamanca. He has worked as a double bassist in the Royal Orchestra of Galicia, having also performed in many orchestras throughout Spain, and is the bassist in the Symphony Wind Orchestra of A. Coruna. He has collaborated with many musicians and ensembles, particularly in the field of contemporary music, and has recorded and performed on many commercial recordings and for television and radio broadcasts.

Simon Garcia has composed more than twenty works for double bass, ranging from two to six players, alongside transcriptions of these pieces for various chamber ensembles. His music has been performed in Mexico, Venezuela, Uruguay, Denmark, Spain, Japan, Italy, Austria, Germany, Canada, USA and UK by The Bass Gang, Bass Instinct and Il Quint-etto amongst others, and some of his music was used as teaching material in the 2011 ISB Year of Collaborative Music.

Simon Garcia's music is lively, jazzy and rhythmic with great forward momentum and drive. Accessible for players and audiences alike, he writes colourful music of distinction and energy, employing the entire range of the double bass.

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Cat No. RM609
Supplier Code RM609
Price £16.50
ComposerSimon Garcia
CategoryDouble Bass Octet
Difficulty level6 - 8, Advanced
ISMN 979-0-57045-609-3
EAN-13 9790570456093
Weight 161 grams
Published 10th December 2013
Availability 2 in stock
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