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Violin Concerto

Violin Concerto


  • Instrumentation: violin and orchestra
  • Edition: performance material

 
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My Violin Concerto is scored for a Classical-sized orchestra, with the addition of a harp and celeste, and lasts around 17 minutes. Although the work sets out to explore the lyrical characteristics of the solo instrument, it is only gradually that the violin finds its full, lyric voice, and thence, as the work progresses, a more dominant role. This, in one sense, is the ‘journey’ of the piece.

The work’s straightforward formal scheme consists of three movements (roughly fast–slow–fast) framed by a reflective introduction and epilogue. However, these formal divisions exist within a single, unbroken arc. Such an overall symmetrical shape places the slow Arioso (itself divided into three subsections) at the midpoint, sandwiched between the two Allegro movements.    

The dramaturgy of the piece centres on a twofold search. First there is the ongoing pursuit to ‘recapture’ the simple melodic material stated by the solo violin – accompanied by the harp’s bass register – during the opening bars. Whilst aspects of this melody are invoked frequently throughout (especially in the violin cadenza which closes the Arioso movement), it is only with the final and most important climax of the work that the melody appears again in its complete form, now accompanied by violent, orchestral stabs. The second search is for a tonal resting place, the arrival of which is delayed until the close of the epilogue.

The original version of the Violin Concerto, commissioned by the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, was premiered in Amsterdam in February 2012 with Gordan Nikolic as soloist. The present, revised version was created for Barnabás Kelemen and the Hallé. The piece is dedicated, with admiration, to my friend Oliver Knussen. (Ryan Wigglesworth)

Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and Gordan Nikolic
Performance duration: 16'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 17. Februar 2012 Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw aan \'t IJ (NL) · Gordan Nikolic, violin · Dirigent: Ryan Wigglesworth · Het Nederlands Kamerorkest

13. Februar 2014 Manchester, Bridgewater Hall (UK) · Barnabas Kelemen, violin · Dirigent: Ryan Wigglesworth · Hallé Orchestra (World premiere of revised version)
Year of composition: 2011; rev. 2013
instrumentation: 2(2.pic).2.2.1.cbsn-2.2.0.0-timp-hp.cel-str

My Violin Concerto is scored for a Classical-sized orchestra, with the addition of a harp and celeste, and lasts around 17 minutes. Although the work sets out to explore the lyrical characteristics of the solo instrument, it is only gradually that the violin finds its full, lyric voice, and thence, as the work progresses, a more dominant role. This, in one sense, is the ‘journey’ of the piece.

The work’s straightforward formal scheme consists of three movements (roughly fast–slow–fast) framed by a reflective introduction and epilogue. However, these formal divisions exist within a single, unbroken arc. Such an overall symmetrical shape places the slow Arioso (itself divided into three subsections) at the midpoint, sandwiched between the two Allegro movements.    

The dramaturgy of the piece centres on a twofold search. First there is the ongoing pursuit to ‘recapture’ the simple melodic material stated by the solo violin – accompanied by the harp’s bass register – during the opening bars. Whilst aspects of this melody are invoked frequently throughout (especially in the violin cadenza which closes the Arioso movement), it is only with the final and most important climax of the work that the melody appears again in its complete form, now accompanied by violent, orchestral stabs. The second search is for a tonal resting place, the arrival of which is delayed until the close of the epilogue.

The original version of the Violin Concerto, commissioned by the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, was premiered in Amsterdam in February 2012 with Gordan Nikolic as soloist. The present, revised version was created for Barnabás Kelemen and the Hallé. The piece is dedicated, with admiration, to my friend Oliver Knussen. (Ryan Wigglesworth)

Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and Gordan Nikolic
Performance duration: 16'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 17. Februar 2012 Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw aan \'t IJ (NL) · Gordan Nikolic, violin · Dirigent: Ryan Wigglesworth · Het Nederlands Kamerorkest

13. Februar 2014 Manchester, Bridgewater Hall (UK) · Barnabas Kelemen, violin · Dirigent: Ryan Wigglesworth · Hallé Orchestra (World premiere of revised version)
Year of composition: 2011; rev. 2013
instrumentation: 2(2.pic).2.2.1.cbsn-2.2.0.0-timp-hp.cel-str
Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra
2016-03-02 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
2015-10-03 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), City Halls — 20:00
Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
Orchestra: Tapiola Sinfonietta
2015-02-12 | Uusimaa (Finland), Tapiola Hall, Espoo Cultural Centre — 19:00
Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
Orchestra: Hallé Orchestra
2014-02-13 | Manchester (United Kingdom), Bridgewater Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
Orchestra: Het Nederlands Kamerorkest
2012-02-18 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Muziekgebouw aan \'t IJ — 20.15 h
Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
Orchestra: Het Nederlands Kamerorkest
2012-02-17 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Muziekgebouw aan \'t IJ — 20.15 h
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