Tittle is a prolific composer, primarily in smaller forms. Drawing on influences from jazz, minimalist, and non-Western musics, he creates in each piece an original statement that is subtle, novel, and engaging both for the performer and the listener. Works such as orange-blossom book, it is all there all the time, where there is no other (only we), let it shine all the time, messages (four), and what finally matters most is grace are poised between Western and Asian aesthetics: an impression of timelessness and of the mobile tend to disguise tight control of material and logical, dynamic conclusions. The interplay between tape and performer in innocence and natural right, salvation dharma band, and only/other/always achieves a linear unity and contrapuntal contrast that is both lyric and deft. Tittle has been commissioned by the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Nova Scotia,Music Gallery NMC, CBC Radio, the Canadian Electronic Ensemble, the Kronos Quartet, Lawrence Cherney, Rivka Golani, Philippe Djokic, the Atlantic Camera Trio, the Karr-Lewis Duo, Scotia Festival, Technical U of Nova Scotia, and Dalhousie University. He has also written for CBC Radio drama, the NFB, and the Nova Scotia Communications and Information Centre. He has recorded one album, (one of the) merely players. He is an associate of the Canadian Music Centre.
orange-blossom book (Eli Mandel). 1976. Mezzo, oboe, 2 clarinet, 2 horn, percussion. Ms
where there is no other (only we). 1976. Vn, violoncello, piano. Ms
let it shine all the time. 1977. Str quartet, vibraphone. Ms
messages (one). 1978. 3 percussion. Ms
mourning the loss of our demons. 1978-82. Orch. Ms
dreamspeaker. 1979. Fl, oboe, bassoon. Ms
innocence and natural right. 1980. Vib, tape. Ms
salvation dharma band. 1981. Flhn, tape. Ms. 1985. Nerve 002 (Tittle)
(one of the) merely players. 1982. Tape, improvising players. Ms. 1985. Nerve 002 (Tittle)
just like yr daddy done. 1983. Tape, male voice. Ms. Nerve 002 (Tittle)
mediterranean eyes. 1984. Fl (piccolo), piano, double-bass. Ms
messages (four). 1984. Va, percussion. Ms.
what finally matters most is grace. 1985. Vn, piano. Ms. 1987. AtlanticCanadian Composers' Association ACCA-1987 (Djokic)
only/other/always. 1987. Ob, tape. Ms.
dreams about dancing. 1989. Vc, orc tape
Author Walter H. Kemp
Rick MacMillan. 'Steve Tittle not inhibited by threat of Murphy's h. Ms
Also other works for piano, chamber ensemble, voice, chorus, and Law,' MSc, 319, May-Jun 1981
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