Third chamber concerto

Gary Kulesha
Gary Kulesha
Composition Date: 1983
Revision Date: 1983
Duration: 00:18:00
Genre: Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1 to 9 Performers), Nonets, Woodwind(s) / Brass


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Oboe
  • 2 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Bass clarinet
  • 2 x Bassoon
  • 2 x Horn
Programme Note:
Gary Kulesha

Third Chamber Concerto, 1983

Commissioned by: Toronto Chamber Winds, Chris Weait, music director, with the assistance of the Ontario Arts Council

“a work of clever conceit and solid construction.” Robert Everett-Green, The Globe and Mail, January 29, 1999

“… through study and experimentation, the alchemist sought to transfigure that which is common and earthly into that which is sublime and transcendental. […] The bass clarinet functions as the alchemist, and the accompanying woodwind octet is divided into two quartets, each of whom have a different version of the same chord, one ‘perfect’ (2 oboes, one clarinet and one horn), with perfect fifths and fourths, and one ‘imperfect’ (one clarinet, 2 bassoons and one horn), with augmented and diminished intervals. These are heard immediately at the beginning, and the rest of the work presents the struggle between the two, with the alchemist attempting to fashion the imperfect into the perfect and occasionally losing control.”

Premiere Information:
David Bourque, bass clarinet, Toronto Chamber Winds, Gary Kulesha, conductor, Toronto, January 31, 1984


  • Call Number:
  • MI 8940 K96th
  • Genre:
  • Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1 to 9 Performers), Nonets, Woodwind(s) / Brass
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • March 14, 1988
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (46 p.) + 9 parts ([138] p.) ;
    46 Pages
    Height: 39 cm
    Parts page count: 138
  • Additional Information:
  • For 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet concertante, 2 bassoons, and 2 horns in 3 untitled movements.
    Commissioned by Chris Weait and the Toronto Chamber Winds through the Ontario Arts Council.
    Duration: ca. 18:00
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