Concerto Grosso
for timpani, obbligato trumpet and string orchestra

Maya Badian
Composer
Maya Badian
Composition Date: 1987
Revision Date: 2014
Duration: 00:12:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, String Orchestra With Soloist, Percussion Soloist

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Trumpet
  • 1 x Timpani ( Solo )
  • 1 x String orchestra
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Timpani
  • 1 x Piano
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Programme Note:
CONCERTO GROSSO for Four Timpani, Obbligato Trumpet and String Orchestra is acknowledged, with Maya Badian's Concerto for Marimba and Vibraphone, and her Guitar Concerto, as the first composition ever composed for this specific combination of instruments in Romanian music history. The three-movement work, I. - Allegro-Sonata; II. - Serenata; III. - Toccata –, in concerto grosso style, presents the timpani and trumpet as the concertino, while the strings performing the role of the tutti. Allegro-Sonata, the first movement, emphasizes the technical development of an initial rhythmic motive, announced by the timpani. This rhythmic motive is transformed and used in both the solo parts and in the accompanying strings. Serenata, the second movement, is a reflection of the Romantic period, containing a rich theme simply presented, in a few bars, by the strings. In this movement, the only contribution of the solo timpani comes in an abstract and unusual glissando passage. Toccata, the third et final movement, is totally modern in concept. Glissandi, formally given to the timpani, now become aleatoric material for strings. The timpani present brief elements of the thematic material, surprisingly combined with a vox vagans (trumpet). This voice independently "sings" above the concertino and tutti to finally introduce unexpected jazz elements. As unification, at the very end, the timpani return to reflect on the initial motive.

After his performance of the original score, Maestro Eric Paetkau wrote on the Concerto Grosso, “Although Maya Badian’s CONCERTO GROSSO for Timpani and Obbligato Trumpet was written in the 1980’s, there is a strong connection between this exciting work and the various musical periods of the past 300 years. The name itself, concerto grosso, is an orchestral Baroque form in which a soloist or small group of soloists swap material with the larger group of musicians that surround them. The opening motif of Sonata, the first movement is also reminiscent of what a 17th or 18th C timpanist would typically do - play two drums tuned to the tonic and dominant of the piece’s key. But Badian cleverly views the movement’s baroque and classical themes through a modern lens and leads us on a journey far beyond those constraints. Having passed through the 17th and 18th centuries, the second movement puts us in the heart of the Romantic period. The lush, strings-only main theme accompanied by its lyrical counterparts speaks to the 19th C sensibility of intertwining long, emotionally charged lines to produce a warm, rich but tender texture. The soloist takes a backseat here by subtly enhancing the texture with a quiet tremolo that enters only half way through. The third movement blasts into the 20th C with a highly charged dance-infused theme that leaves us breathless. Combine that with modern timpani techniques such as pedaling, string glissandi and col legno, and a soaring trumpet solo that hints of Latin influence, and we have a finish to a concerto that spans at least 300 years of music and all of its fascinating styles. Badian’s Concerto Grosso is a wonderful piece that crosses so many musical styles but still retains a distinct 'Badian' sound and feel.” - Eric Paetkau, conductor.

Premiere Information:
25 February 1999, Radio concert recording, Bucharest, Romania
Cristian Balea, timpani; Ilie Dornescu, trumpet; The Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra; Ludovic Bacs, conductor.

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 1640 B136con
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, String Orchestra With Soloist, Percussion Soloist
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • March 22, 2007
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (65 p.);
    65 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
    Parts page count: 67
    Piano Reduction: 42 Pages
    6 parts
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
    1 solo part (11 p.);
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
  • Language Information
  • Main language: English
  • Additional Information:
  • There is also a version for timpani, obbligato trumpet and 13 strings.

    I. Allegro-Sonata -- II. Serenata -- III. Toccata
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