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Concerto

Concerto

for piano and orchestra


  • Instrumentation: piano and orchestra
  • Edition: performance material

 
description
Written in Leeds for the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundaiton in the Library of Congress and dedicated to the memory of Serge and Natalie Koussevitzky, my concerto was the second work I wrote for Daniel Barenboim who gave its first performance in Brighton and London in 1972 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Laurence Foster.

Like the Symphony of three years earlier, the concerto is based on a melody, this time more classical in shape and opening with a fanfare, given to the oboe at the outset. But now the variation technique which was my principle means of creating large form in those years is combined with a look again at concerto-sonata form, with double exposition, extended development and recapitulation.

The Introduction to the second movement takes up an idea first stated by piano solo, just prior to the end of the first movement. Here is an attempt to combine slow movement and fugato fast music into one single structure which implies an hommage to its rather obvious Beethovenian model.

The small, rather classical orchestra in spirit substitutes trumpets and tuba for the more conventional horns. The choice of instruments was determined by a particular dense harmonic character which at the time seemed to me to be bright and sunlit.

Alexander Goehr
Details
Opus: op. 33
Performance duration: 32'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 14. Mai 1972 Brighton (UK) Brighton Festival · Daniel Barenboim, piano · Dirigent: Lawrence Foster · Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Year of composition: 1972
instrumentation: 2.2(2.ca).2(Ebcl,bcl).2(2.cbsn)-0.3.0.1-timp-str
Performances
Conductor: Christoph von Donhnayi
Orchestra: Cleveland Symphony Orchestra
1995-05-20 | Cleveland, OH (United States of America)
Conductor: Christoph von Donhnayi
Orchestra: Cleveland Symphony Orchestra
1995-05-19 | Cleveland, OH (United States of America)
Conductor: Christoph von Donhnayi
Orchestra: Cleveland Symphony Orchestra
1995-05-18 | Cleveland, OH (United States of America)
Orchestra: National Philharmonic Orchestra
1976-03-28 | London (United Kingdom), Camden Park
Orchestra: Royal Philhamonic Orchestra
1972-05-15 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Festival Hall
Conductor: Lawrence Foster
Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
1972-05-14 | Brighton (United Kingdom) | World Premiere
Sound Clips
Goehr · Piano Concerto op. 33 (I Allegro moderato) · sound clip
Written in Leeds for the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundaiton in the Library of Congress and dedicated to the memory of Serge and Natalie Koussevitzky, my concerto was the second work I wrote for Daniel Barenboim who gave its first performance in Brighton and London in 1972 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Laurence Foster.

Like the Symphony of three years earlier, the concerto is based on a melody, this time more classical in shape and opening with a fanfare, given to the oboe at the outset. But now the variation technique which was my principle means of creating large form in those years is combined with a look again at concerto-sonata form, with double exposition, extended development and recapitulation.

The Introduction to the second movement takes up an idea first stated by piano solo, just prior to the end of the first movement. Here is an attempt to combine slow movement and fugato fast music into one single structure which implies an hommage to its rather obvious Beethovenian model.

The small, rather classical orchestra in spirit substitutes trumpets and tuba for the more conventional horns. The choice of instruments was determined by a particular dense harmonic character which at the time seemed to me to be bright and sunlit.

Alexander Goehr
Opus: op. 33
Performance duration: 32'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 14. Mai 1972 Brighton (UK) Brighton Festival · Daniel Barenboim, piano · Dirigent: Lawrence Foster · Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Year of composition: 1972
instrumentation: 2.2(2.ca).2(Ebcl,bcl).2(2.cbsn)-0.3.0.1-timp-str
Conductor: Christoph von Donhnayi
Orchestra: Cleveland Symphony Orchestra
1995-05-20 | Cleveland, OH (United States of America)
Conductor: Christoph von Donhnayi
Orchestra: Cleveland Symphony Orchestra
1995-05-19 | Cleveland, OH (United States of America)
Conductor: Christoph von Donhnayi
Orchestra: Cleveland Symphony Orchestra
1995-05-18 | Cleveland, OH (United States of America)
Orchestra: National Philharmonic Orchestra
1976-03-28 | London (United Kingdom), Camden Park
Orchestra: Royal Philhamonic Orchestra
1972-05-15 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Festival Hall
Conductor: Lawrence Foster
Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
1972-05-14 | Brighton (United Kingdom) | World Premiere
Goehr · Piano Concerto op. 33 (I Allegro moderato) · sound clip
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