Concerto for piano and toy band : for piano and jazz ensemble
by Adam Simmons (2008)
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Through the classical form of the 'concerto', connections are explored between different worlds: solo/ ensemble, classical/jazz, instruments/ toys and serious/humorous. The work is also informed by the concept that these contrasts are the opposite ends of the same pole.
Instrumentation: Piano soloist, sopranino saxophone (doubling baritone), alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, 2 trumpets, trombone, double bass, drums, various toys, music boxes.
Duration: 60 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Odd time signatures, improvisation (harmonic and free), toy instruments required
Contents note: Prologue -- Part 1 -- Interlude 1 -- Part 2 -- Interlude 2 -- Part 3 Prelude -- Part 3 -- Epilogue.
Commission note: Commissioned with funds provided by Australia Council.
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc. of this work:
A mix of jazz, classical, improvised music with an injection of irreverent humour. The mix of influences that informed the writing come from Balkan music, Werner Herzog, Confucius, Philip Glass and Phil Collins.
Original Conception by Adam Simmons with Annabel Warmington.
Concerto for piano and toy band
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