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Tamam Shud for double bass solo

Composer: Eggert, Moritz
Title: Tamam Shud for double bass solo
Edition series: exempla nova 631
Instrumentation: Kb
Binding, cover: KT
Number of pages: 11
Format: 29,7 x 21,0 cm
Edition number: SIK8831
ISMN: 9790003041582
Price: € 12,50

Work information

Auftragswerk des Internationalen Musikwettbewerbs der ARD


Commissioned by the ARD International Music Competition

“‘Tamam Shud’ is a Persian phrase meaning (roughly) ‘it is ended’ or ‘it is finished’. But it is also the name of one of the most famous unsolved mysteries in criminal history, a case which is often called the ‘Tamam Shud’-case. In 1948 a dead man was found at Somerton beach close to Adelaide, Australia. The cause of his death remains unclear to this day, as is the identity of the corpse, but there were very peculiar details about the man’s physical condition and he was also seen alive sitting at the same spot for a long time before, staring out onto the sea. In his jacket a secret pocket was found which contained a single piece of paper with the words ‘Tamam Shud’ on it, which later was found to be a part of a book of Persian poems, the ‘Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam’, which was found close to the crime scene in a car. The particular edition of the book also contained markings of a code that has been unsolved until today. The more the detectives dug into the case the more mysterious coincidences and circumstances they encountered. The seemingly normal suicide (?) case turned into an epic maze of theories, cul-de-sacs and strange fates of even stranger people. For anybody interested in the story I recommend the extensive Wikipedia article of the same name: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taman_Shud_Case

Of course my piece doesn’t even remotely attempt to ‘solve’ the case (it will probably remain unsolved) – my approach is much more a theatrical or even philosophical one. It should be clear to the listener that something mysterious is going on – the performer uses the contrabass (an instrument which very much has a body that resembles a human person in size) as a ‘mystery box’ full or surprises and secret compartments. There is also a ‘code’ spoken by the performer that connects to certain actions on the instrument. There is no solution, and perhaps no resolution (except a resounding ‘SHUD’ at the end of the piece). The more you look at something the more mysterious it becomes. Tamam shud.” (Moritz Eggert)

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