3rd piano concerto

Harry Somers
Harry Somers
Composition Date: 1996
Revision Date: 1996
Duration: 00:31:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Orchestra with Soloist, Piano


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Flute
  • 1 x Oboe
  • 2 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Bassoon
  • 2 x Horn
  • 2 x Trumpet
  • 2 x Trombone
  • 1 x Tuba
  • 2 x Timpani
  • 2 x Percussion
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Unspecified bowed strings
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Full orchestra
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Programme Note:
Harry Somers

Third Piano Concerto, 1996

Commissioned by: Esprit Orchestra, with the assistance of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council

“The piano, very much a member of the percussion section in the first movement, was closely voiced, with lots of accents, cross-hand action, and repeated notes that Parker played with tremendous energy.” Elissa Poole, The Globe and Mail, January 26, 1999

Dedicated to the memory of E. Robert Schmitz.

“The main ideas for the Third Piano Concerto have been on my mind for more than ten years. I first started writing them down four years ago in a couple of movements of my 11 Miniatures for oboe and piano, a composition commissioned by Lawrence Cherney.

“The Third Piano Concerto is in three movements. The first is based entirely on the three-note motif presented by piano at the opening. The second begins with an extensive, quiet piano solo, and then develops into what is essentially a three-part form. The third movement consists of a play of polytonality, patterns, motifs and their variations. The harp is introduced for the first time.”

Premiere Information:
James Parker, piano, and the Esprit Orchestra, Alex Pauk, conductor, Toronto, March 29, 1996


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1361 S694th
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Orchestra with Soloist, Piano
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • November 3, 1999
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score ([128] p.);
    128 Pages
    Height: 39 cm
    Width: 28 cm
    Parts page count: 230
    20 parts ([230] p.) ;
    Height: 32 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Duration: ca 13:00.
    Solo piano/2(picc)121/2221/perc(2)/1111
    I. Andante-Presto -- II. Andante -- III. Andante-Faster
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