Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra

Stephen Jaffe

Publisher: Merion Music, Inc.
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

This is my third solo concerto of recent years, following the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (1996-99) and the Chamber Concerto ("Singing Figures") for Oboe and Ensemble (1996). I have enjoyed composing such works because of a longstanding interest in the drama of the solo-versus-group idea, but also, more profoundly, because of the pleasure of collaborating with a gifted soloist when there is time to explore and to refine, a kind of music-making which I find pleasurable as well as challenging. To a soloist, such a collaboration offers the freedom to probe whatever imaginative world may lie beyond the existing repertory. Musicians such as David Hardy, for whom the Cello Concerto was written, deserve to find out: Do I have anything new or different to say?

The Cello Concerto takes about 28 minutes, and is cast in four parts: a large first movement, communicating

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Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra, made possible by the John and June Hechinger Commissioning Fund for New Orchestral Works.
Composition Date 2003
Duration 00:28:00
Orchestration Solo Vcl.; 4(dbl. 1Picc., Alto Fl.) 2 3(dbl.E-Fl.Cl., B.Cl.) 3(dbl.Cbsn.) - 4 2(opt.Picc.Tpt.) 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno.(Cel.) Hp. Mandolin. Str.
Premiere January 8th, 9th, 10th, 2004. David Hardy, Cello, National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Slatkin; John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC.


Bold and Urgently lyrical (Allegro energico)
Clever, impish, a little "ugly" (Scherzino)
"Mysterious flower" Poco andante; interior, inchoate (Variations)
Fast, pulsing

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