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Concerto for piano and toy band : for piano and jazz ensemble

by Adam Simmons (2008)

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Work Overview

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.

Work Details

Year: 2008

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.

Written for: Michael Kieran Harvey, Adam Simmons Toy Band

Commission note: Commissioned with funds provided by Australia Council.

First performance: by Michael Kieran Harvey, Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble — 28 Aug 15. Festival of Slow Music, Minerva Space, Ballarat Mechanics' Institute

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.

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Performances of this work

2 Mar 2017: at Concerto for Piano and Toy Band (fortyfivedownstairs). Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey, Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble.

28 Aug 15: Festival of Slow Music, Minerva Space, Ballarat Mechanics' Institute. Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey, Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble.

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