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Secret wedding : concerto for guitar & chamber orchestra

by Marian Budos (1997)

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Performance by Ján Labant, Oliver von Dohnanyi, Slovak Sinfonietta from the CD Heart on a sleeve

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Heart on a sleeve : 3 guitar concertos / Marian Budos.

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Secret wedding : concerto for guitar & chamber orchestra / Marian Budos.

Library shelf no. 784.32787/BUD 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Secret Wedding was originally commissioned by the Lublin Philharmonic Orchestra, Poland in 1996, to be played with the guitar soloist Jan Labant. In the midst of writing this concerto, the orchestra's concert hall was damaged by huge floods and was forced to cancel the commission. Fortunately, Jan's home town orchestra, the Slovak Sinfonietta agreed to premiere this work a few years later in 2002.

The concerto was written as a wedding present for my wife. The wedding was kept secret from both our families until very close to the date to avoid any complications organising a wedding that would involve bringing together guests from two different continents. So instead, we travelled to Rome and got married in St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican and celebrated the occasion with both our families at different times.

Work Details

Year: 1997

Instrumentation: Solo retuned guitar, flute, oboe/cor anglais, clarinet, bassoon, contra-bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, percussion (2 players), strings.

Duration: 21 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — virtuosic guitar part

Contents note: Rubato. Largo /Getting to know each other (10 min.,15 sec.) -- Larghetto. Andante /Falling in Love/ (5 min., 37 sec.) -- Presto / The Wedding / (5 min., 16 sec.).

Dedication note: Dedicated to Ivana Troselj

Commission note: Commissioned by guitarist Jan Labant

First performance: by Ján Labant, Oliver von Dohnanyi, Slovak Sinfonietta — 23 May 02. Fatra House of Arts, Zilina, Slovakia

Contemporary guitar concerto with dynamic and exciting instrumentation, full of expressions, fluid harmonies and moving melodies

After the premiere of Secret Wedding the leading Slovak music magazine Hudobny Zivot wrote: 'The composition differs in many respects from other contemporary works. It does not suffer from any scepticism, on the contrary, it is a kind of music therapy, a mirror of the author's feelings; an inner confession; presented elegantly and without any cheap effects. The work has surprising instrumentation... The composition felt really authentic...' -Marta Gaborova, Hudobny Zivot, 'Musical Life', Slovakia, July/August issue, 2002


Performances of this work

1 Apr 05: The concert hall of the Lublin Philharmonics, Lublin, Poland. Featuring Piotr Wiatkovski, Ján Labant, Filharmonia Lubelska.

23 May 02: Fatra House of Arts, Zilina, Slovakia. Featuring Ján Labant, Oliver von Dohnanyi, Slovak Sinfonietta.

May 02: featuring Ján Labant, Oliver von Dohnanyi, Slovak Sinfonietta.

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