instruments tuba solo, electronic sounds and symphony orchestra:

- 3*3*3*3* 4331 04 11 tuba, laptop, str.

year of production 2004 - 05

dedication Kjetil Myklebust, Malmö Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Luca Francesconi

duration 17‘   

first performance
September 7th 2005,

Konserthuset, Malmö

Kjetil Myklebust, tuba

Benjamin Staern, computer

Malmö Symphony Orchestra

Tuomas Ollila, conductor


listen to excerpt of Sacrificio

work comments

In Sacrificio (sacrifice) the solo tuba is the sacrifice which performs a ritual that goes from noise to pitch while the orchestra goes in opposite direction, from pitch to noise. The electronic sounds provide a link between the soloist and the orchestra. The work is built around a formula played by the tuba in the introduction where the playing instructions says ”quasi cantus firmus” (almost plain chant). What differs from an ordinary cantus firmus (rhythmically simple and ascetic melodic line) is that it is more expressive and dynamic, which in turn generates material that is further processed in the concerto.
Sacrificio is divided in three parts with two separate solo cadenzas in between; the first with electronic sounds and the second without.

Benjamin Staern

other perfomances  made



"Music in Current" as a part of Suntory Festival

Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan

Shinya Hashimoto, tuba

Kazuyoshi Akiyama, conductor

Reviews on Sacrificio

Malmö Konserthus

Kjetil Myklebust, tuba

Benjamin Staern, computer

Malmö Symphony Orchestra

Tuomas Ollila

[…] ”As the title of the piece suggests, the music was meticulously planned. (Sacrificio means “sacrifice” in Italian.) Staern is a musical narrator who moves us with the aid of large-scale effects. Aggressive figurations and diabolical crescendos in the orchestra alternated with sections where Myklebust’s tuba, alone in a large auditorium filled with electronic noise, emitted soft breathings and heartbeat sounds. The rare normal-tuba tones had in this context a heart-rending effect. Myklebust is a musician who does not allow himself to be restricted by traditional manners of playing and Staern a composer who is not afraid of world-shaking subjects and feelings.
That is exciting. ” […]

Tobias Lund, Sydsvenska Dagbladet, September 10th 2005

Benjamin Staern and the dedicatee Luca Francesconi,

picture taken in Limhamn May 21st 2005.