Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra

Leonard Handler

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Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
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The ?Concerto for Guitar & Orchestra? was begun in 1977, when the composer was living in Martha's Vineyard, Mass. Of the Concerto, the composer says,?shortly before I began writing the Guitar Concerto, I finished writing a cycle of songs based on poems by the American poets Carl Sandburg, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Robert Frost. Because of the distinctly New England ?American? flavor of the small island I was living on, and the influence of the many American poems I had studied in preparation for the song cycle, I was feeling a distinctive ?Americana? flavor during the writing of the concerto. Although the concerto is non-programatic in nature, I think a good many of the quiet Vineyard country lanes, fishing wharfs, rolling farmlands, and of course, my many wonderful Island friends have found their way into the pages of this work.

?The concerto itself is constructed in a series of ?dialogues? between instruments. Because of the delicate tonal qualities of the classical guitar, I have tried to keep the instrumentation as sparse as possible, keeping all movements contrapuntal in nature, so that the guitar is never smothered by the full orchestra. As the concerto progresses, one will notice that all the instruments take their turn in this dialogue with the guitar, ending with the fugue in the third movement - a form I especially enjoy working with.?

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Additional Information

Composition Date 1976
Duration 00:18:00
Orchestration Solo Gtr.; 1 1 1 1 - 1 0 0 0; Str.
Premiere August, 1978. Anton Del Forno, Guitar, Haydn Festival Orchestra, Claude Monteux, conductor; Hancock County Auditorium, Ellsworth, ME.