Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

Samuel Adler

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Quick Overview

After writing 15 concertos for many different instruments during the past twenty years, I finally wrote a violin concerto which was informed by the many previous works of that nature, and a great joy to write. It is difficult to write for your own instrument since I was a violinist myself, and so in this work I took great care to have this concerto be a true collaboration between soloist and orchestra. While the violinist is always featured, the orchestra plays an important role, not just as an accompanist but rather as an antagonist to the soloist?s protagonist. The first movement is a fast and furious one relieved often with portions of lyricism both by the soloist and the orchestra. I felt that it should picture my happiness in having performed on the violin all my life. The second movement is what I would call variations on a ?simple song?. This is not a quotation of a preexisting tune but one that I composed to give the feeling of the beauty of nature, the innocence of childhood, and the expression of calmness, which can come from hearing music. A Cadenza between the second and third movements is actually an introduction to the last movement, and is to lead to that movement without a pause. The last movement, like the first, is a virtuosic display for both the soloist as well as the orchestra. A dance-like feeling pervades the entire movement and brings the work to a boisterous close.

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Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by the Rotary Club of Tulsa, OK for the 15th Anniversary of the Crescendo Music Awards
Composition Date 2012
Duration 00:20:00
Orchestration Solo Vn.; 3(Picc.) 2 3(B.Cl.) 2 - 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 0; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
Premiere Tulsa, OK Tulsa Symphony Orchestra Siwoo Kim, soloist

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