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  • Orchestra: 3222/3331/12/0, strings

  • Instrumentation: 3 Flutes (3rd doubling Piccolo), 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in Bb, 2 Bassoons, 3 Horns, 3 Trumpets in C, 3 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion (2 players), Strings

  • Pedagogic work: suitable for youth orchestra

  • Duration: 8 min.

  • Commissioned by Soitinmusiikkiliiton (SOLI)

  • First performance on June 22, 2011 in Lohja (Finland) by Lohjan musiikkilreirin orkesteri, conducted by Tuomas Törmi

Tree-man is a creature that is a hybrid of a tree and a man in the middle of the Hell-panel of the "Garden of Earthly Delights" by Hieronymus Bosch, painted at the turn of the 16th century. In those days, instrumental music was often considered sinful. Probably that's why there are so many musical torture devices in Bosch's painting: one example being a giant bagpipe on top of the Tree-man's head. I wanted to include some of this torture and torment in my piece. TR, 2011/2023

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