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Secret wedding

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

by Marian Budos (1997)

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  • Instrumentation: Solo retuned guitar, flute, oboe/cor anglais, clarinet, bassoon, contra-bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, percussion (2 players), strings.
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    Performance by Ján Labant, Oliver von Dohnanyi, Slovak Sinfonietta from the CD Heart on a sleeve


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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.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (157p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — virtuosic guitar part

Duration: 21 mins

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 info: 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

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-720117-85-0

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This work is also available in the following products:

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

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


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