Wings and Engines
for solo violin and orchestra

Robert A. Baker
Composition Date: 2004
Duration: 00:18:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Orchestra with Soloist, Violin(s)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Violin
  • 1 x Full orchestra
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Programme Note:
Wings and Engines is in two movements, and although not a concerto in title, the work is at times concerto, and at times not.

The first movement embraces this Western musical archetype of concerto at first through the direct alternation between violin and orchestra, and the emerging dominance of the soloist as principal voice. However, the climax is imbued with a subtle theatrical element that embodies the essence of concerto in much more than merely orchestrational terms: that of opposition and antagonism, not dialogue, but a refusal of equality and balance by a dominant force. As the orchestra supplants the solo violin and assumes an exclusive presence, the soloist is required to lay down their instrument on the stage floor and, with arms crossed, back away from it. As the climax inevitably extinguishes itself, the soloist gradually resumes its principal role in the aftermath of the struggle, anticipating a brief cadenza.

The second movement is far less direct in its connection to the convention of concerto. Its discourse is driven by alternating types of musical motion. The first is characterized by irregular accelerations in fluctuating pitch content and timbral densities; the second, by a conventional sense of slow pulse-based motion. Subtly reflective of the duality of concerto, the effect is one of oppositions between multi-directional and unidirectional motion, between instability and stability.

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 1311 B1687wi
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Orchestra with Soloist, Violin(s)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • July 31, 2009
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score ((2), 115 p.); 28 cm.
    117 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Instrumentation: solo violin
    Fl (Picc.),Ob, Cl, Bn,
    Hn, Tp, Trb, Tba,
    Perc (one player),
    Strings
    Two sections
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