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Concerto for Piano

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The Concerto for Piano, commissioned by Pamela Mia Paul, continues my fascination with creating large works out of the smallest possible amount of initial musical material. In this piece, both movements are constructed from the exact same set of descending dyads, though they diverge widely in character and tempo.

Concerto for Piano motive

Movement I is a meditation on these intervals, gradually unfolding from the solo Piano opening into an ever-cascading fall of melodic motion, until we finally “land” in Ab major, at which point the music reverses direction, ascending to a euphoric climax. The music dissipates, evaporating upward into solo Piano, just as it began.

Movement II erupts boldly into a playful interweaving of syncopated gestures, with the Piano and ensemble often careening abruptly around sharp rhythmic and dynamic curves, as well as around each other. A groove eventually establishes itself, as the piece incessantly intensifies to a climactic conclusion.

I owe a debt of gratitude to Pamela Mia Paul for commissioning this work, and for her absolutely devoted and tireless support, extraordinary musicianship, and jovial attitude throughout the creation of this work.

Scored for orchestral winds and percussion, the instrumentation is suitable for both symphony orchestras and wind ensembles.

Genres:   Concerto

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All performances through April 2016 require Pamela Mia Paul as guest soloist. She is available for a very reasonable fee. Contact us for more details.

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General Info

Year(s) composed: 2012

Duration: 16:00

Commissioned by: Pamela Mia Paul

Dedicated to: Pamela Mia Paul

Technical Info

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Flute I – II – III
Oboe I – II
Bassoon I – II (dbl. CBsn.)
Clarinet in Bb I – II

Bb Trumpet I – II – III
Horn in F I – II – III – IV
Trombone I – II – III
Tuba I

Solo Piano

Contrabass
Piano
Harp

Timpani
Percussion I
Percussion II
Percussion III