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Violin concerto

Sheet Music: Score

Violin concerto / Mark Grandison.

by Mark Grandison (2008)

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  • Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons, 4 horns in F, 2 trumpets in C, trombone, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (3 players), harp, solo violin, strings.
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This concerto's primary concern is with the evolving relationships and trajectories between soloist and orchestra. Their interactions range widely. Variously the two forces are locked in an uneasy unison, a canonic race, an adversarial clash between distinctly contrasting themes, and even isolation of the soloist. Having navigated these divergent configurations, the work eventually sees the antagonists rally in a traditional texture of melody with complementary accompaniment.

There are only three 'themes' employed in the work, each consisting of a unique sequence of six or seven pitches, without any associated rhythmic profiles. The same two themes are exclusively and simultaneously employed in the outer movements, with a third theme being the basis for the middle movement.

The tonal centre for virtually the whole work is D, with variation arising from subtle inflections in the modes used. The first movement commences with the bright Lydian mode, and a succession of darkening 'tonal terraces' ensue, each one inflected a note flatter. Thus the modes cycle through Lydian, Ionian, Mixolydian, Dorian, and Aeolian. The sombre Phrygian mode is reached by the second movement. The third movement reverses the order of modes in the first movement, winding its way back to the Lydian mode. Thus a tonal symmetry reflects the symmetry of the thematic scheme. What emerges then, is a musical landscape in which a descent through increasingly shadowy terrain into a central dark vale leads to an ascent back to the sunny summits.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (116p. -- A3 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — For concert soloist and professional symphony orchestra

Duration: 32 mins

Contents note:

I. Parallel paths -- II. Arc of shadows -- III. Pursuit.

Commissioned by Rev. Dr Arthur Bridge for performance by Ars Musica Australis.

First performance by Richard Gill, Shaun-Lee Chen, Queensland Orchestra at The Queensland Orchestra (The Queensland Symphony Orchestra Studios) on 13 Mar 2009

Includes program note.

Revised 2010

Typeset edition.

This edition produced Sep 14.

ISMN: 9790900970978

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Analysis & Media

- Resonate Article: Gill, TQO and Grandison's concerto

- Program note: Mark Grandison's "Violin concerto on D"

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