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Violin Concerto

Violin Concerto

for violin and chamber orchestra


  • Instrumentation: violin and chamber orchestra
  • Edition: performance material

 
Description
My Violin Concerto is in two movements of contrasting character. The first movement, marked 'soulful and mysterious', begins with a slow introduction and eventually transitions into a scherzando section. The opening explores the violin’s lyrical and expressive qualities as it hovers above an ethereal strings and percussion texture. The middle section of the movement is a dynamic scherzo of sorts, almost becoming a separate movement in itself before the opening finally returns to conclude the movement.

 

The second movement, marked 'with great energy' moves freely back and forth between frenetic, pulse-oriented music and freely slow, non-pulsed music. These slower sections contain lyrical quarter-tone pitch-bending in the violin, and this serves as the primary motivic material in this section. Eventually, the fast music takes over and leads to a fiery cadenza.

 

This work was commissioned by a consortium of orchestras and their concertmasters as soloists; the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra with Steven Copes, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra with Margaret Batjer, and the Milwaukee Symphony with Frank Almond. Pierre Jalbert
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for Margaret Batjer, with leadership support from Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for Steven Copes, and the Milwaukee Symphony for Frank Almond
Content text: I Soulful, mysterious; Scherzando
II With great energy
Performance duration: 26'0"
Publisher: Schott Helicon Music Corporation
Uraufführung : June 9, 2017 Saint Paul, MN, Ordway Concert Hall (USA) · Steven Copes, violin · Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair · Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Year of composition: 2017
instrumentation: 2(2.pic).2.2.2-2.2.0.0-1perc(vib, xylo, crot [2 octaves], 1 timp, b.d)-pno-str
Performances
Conductor: Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Orchestra: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
2018-03-18 | Westwood, CA (United States of America), Royce Hall
Conductor: Jeffrey Kahane
Orchestra: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
2018-03-17 | Glendale, CA (United States of America), Alex Theater
Conductor: Andreas Delfs
Orchestra: Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
2018-02-17 | Milwaukee, WI (United States of America), The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Conductor: Andreas Delfs
Orchestra: Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
2018-02-16 | Milwaukee, WI (United States of America), The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Conductor: Andreas Delfs
2018-02-16 | Milwaukee, WI (United States of America), Uihlein Hall
Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
Orchestra: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
2017-06-11 | Saint Paul, MN (United States of America), Ordway Concert Hall
Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
Orchestra: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
2017-06-10 | Saint Paul, MN (United States of America), Ordway Concert Hall
Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
Orchestra: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
2017-06-09 | Saint Paul, MN (United States of America), Ordway Concert Hall | World Premiere
My Violin Concerto is in two movements of contrasting character. The first movement, marked 'soulful and mysterious', begins with a slow introduction and eventually transitions into a scherzando section. The opening explores the violin’s lyrical and expressive qualities as it hovers above an ethereal strings and percussion texture. The middle section of the movement is a dynamic scherzo of sorts, almost becoming a separate movement in itself before the opening finally returns to conclude the movement.

 

The second movement, marked 'with great energy' moves freely back and forth between frenetic, pulse-oriented music and freely slow, non-pulsed music. These slower sections contain lyrical quarter-tone pitch-bending in the violin, and this serves as the primary motivic material in this section. Eventually, the fast music takes over and leads to a fiery cadenza.

 

This work was commissioned by a consortium of orchestras and their concertmasters as soloists; the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra with Steven Copes, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra with Margaret Batjer, and the Milwaukee Symphony with Frank Almond. Pierre Jalbert
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for Margaret Batjer, with leadership support from Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for Steven Copes, and the Milwaukee Symphony for Frank Almond
Content text: I Soulful, mysterious; Scherzando
II With great energy
Performance duration: 26'0"
Publisher: Schott Helicon Music Corporation
Uraufführung : June 9, 2017 Saint Paul, MN, Ordway Concert Hall (USA) · Steven Copes, violin · Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair · Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Year of composition: 2017
instrumentation: 2(2.pic).2.2.2-2.2.0.0-1perc(vib, xylo, crot [2 octaves], 1 timp, b.d)-pno-str
Conductor: Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Orchestra: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
2018-03-18 | Westwood, CA (United States of America), Royce Hall
Conductor: Jeffrey Kahane
Orchestra: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
2018-03-17 | Glendale, CA (United States of America), Alex Theater
Conductor: Andreas Delfs
Orchestra: Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
2018-02-17 | Milwaukee, WI (United States of America), The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Conductor: Andreas Delfs
Orchestra: Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
2018-02-16 | Milwaukee, WI (United States of America), The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Conductor: Andreas Delfs
2018-02-16 | Milwaukee, WI (United States of America), Uihlein Hall
Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
Orchestra: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
2017-06-11 | Saint Paul, MN (United States of America), Ordway Concert Hall
Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
Orchestra: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
2017-06-10 | Saint Paul, MN (United States of America), Ordway Concert Hall
Conductor: Thomas Zehetmair
Orchestra: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
2017-06-09 | Saint Paul, MN (United States of America), Ordway Concert Hall | World Premiere