Simon Garcia writes: "Medulio Mountain is the name of a legendary battle which is believed to have happened in 22BC between the Romans and the united army of Iberican Celtic tribes.
According to the Roman historian Floro on the battle:... "Finally the siege of Mount Medullio took place, on which, after having surrounded it with a continuous moat of fifteen miles, the Romans advanced at once, when the barbarians were reduced to extreme necessity, in the midst of a feast, they died with the fire, the sword, and the poison which they are accustomed to extract from the yew, and so the greater part escaped from the captivity, which seemed to people more hitherto untamed intolerable than death ... "
The quartet is in one movement and begins with a slow introduction where I describe the desolation of the battlefield seen from above, as a view of a bird, with thousands of heroic soldiers corpses who caused their own death so they were not captured as slaves. After the introduction there is a fast part which starts with a theme inspired by Celtic legacy. A second theme represents the arrival of Roman army with their horns and drums. Finally the two main themes come together, as in a long siege and with an unexpected end, such as the collective suicide of the Celtic soldiers.The piece is a colourful and virtuosic work where I use all range of instrument and is full of strong emotions, action and drama."
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 thirty 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.