Contours
for double bass, piano/harpischord and string orchestra

Composition Date: 1973
Revision Date: 1973
Duration: 00:12:45
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, String Orchestra With Multiple Soloists, Misc Mixed Ensemble Soloists

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Harpsichord ( Solo )
  • 1 x Double bass ( Solo )
  • 1 x String orchestra
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Programme Note:
Michael Conway Baker



Contours, 1971



Commissioned by: Malcolm Arnold, and written for Gary Karr, bass and Harmon Lewis



“Michael Conway Baker’s Contours for Bass Viol, Harpsichord and String Orchestra blends vigour and nostalgia in an appealing movie-music style.” Tamara Bernstein, National Post, May 17, 1999




“The music is built on an a ten note tone-row. Even so, tonality prevails, even though the tonal centres change. There is a good deal of counterpoint throughout, and the major themes are often juxtaposed.



“The piece is really a double bass concerto and, as such, exploits the double bass to its limits. (I've always been surprised at the number of performances this work has received given the rather daunting virtuosity of the solo part.)



“In 2002 I adapted Contours for cello, piano and strings. In this instance, the work is called Concerto for Cello, Piano and Strings.

Premiere Information:
Gary Karr, double bass, Harmon Lewis, harpsichord, Shawnigan Lake Summer School Orchestra, Mihaly Virizlay, conductor, Vancouver, August 18, 1973

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 1750 B168co
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, String Orchestra With Multiple Soloists, Misc Mixed Ensemble Soloists
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • September 25, 1989
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (23 p.) ;
    23 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Parts page count: 21
    7 parts ([43] p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
    2 solo parts ([17] p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Ms (photocopy); originals of score and parts in CMC Toronto.
    Commissioned by Malcolm Arnold.
    For bass viol (double bass), harpsichord and string orchestra.
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