Violin concerto : violin with orchestra
by Mark Grandison (2008)
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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.
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.
Duration: 32 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — For concert soloist and professional symphony orchestra
Contents note: I. Parallel paths -- II. Arc of shadows -- III. Pursuit.
Program note: Mark Grandison's "Violin concerto on D"
program note by the composer
Resonate article: Gill, TQO and Grandison's concerto by Hannah Reardon-Smith
- In the form/style of: Concertos
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