Piano Concerto

Daniel Asia

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Whereas the romantic concerto most frequently places the piano and orchestra in a confrontational relationship, this work, by and large, does not. Rather the piano carries the long narrative line for almost the entirety of the work (the piano plays almost without pause throughout), while the orchestra provides support and commentary, but rarely takes a leading role.

The first movement opens with a simple theme, which is extrovert and affirmative. Its nature lends itself to sequential development. This opening, and recurrent material, leads to a bumptious tune played in unison by the orchestra and piano. This tune is freely developed in successive variations by the piano, in dramatic guises that alternate from extrovert to introvert. The former is displayed in a certain angularity of line and quixotic rhythms, while the latter is much more regular in rhythm and the melodic line is decidedly placid. The movement ends briskly and conclusively, but with a sense of disquiet as well, that is only dispelled at the beginning of the second movement.
The second movement is, for the most part, ruminative and ethereal. By its sheer length and musical weight, it is both figuratively and actually, at the ?center? of the concerto. Its overall shape, while formally rather complex, is driven by the basic idea of a very gradual unfolding. It contains simple melodic statements, bell-like passages, and sections which are almost incantatory. Cadenzas, or cadenza-like sections, are found throughout the movement. Its penultimate section is a chorale, which leads back to the movement?s opening material, and a quiet, resposeful, close.

The third and final movement, regains the energy of the first movement, while synthesizing some of the harmonic implications of the second. Rhythmically playful and skittish, and very much a dance, it is a rondo in form.

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Additional Information

Composition Date 1994
Duration 00:37:00
Orchestration 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) - 4 3 2 1; Tmp. 3Perc. Hp. Str.
Premiere February 10. 1995

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