Concerto grosso
for solo flute, clarinet, violin, mallet percussion, and symphony orchestra

Derek Charke
Composer
Derek Charke
Composition Date: 2012
Duration: 00:15:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Orchestra with Multiple Soloists, Misc. Soloist

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Flute ( Solo )
  • 2 x Flute
  • 2 x Oboe
  • 2 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Clarinet ( Solo )
  • 2 x Bassoon
  • 4 x Horn
  • 2 x Trumpet
  • 3 x Trombone
  • 1 x Tuba
  • 1 x Timpani
  • 1 x Marimba ( Solo )
  • 3 x Percussion
  • 1 x Violin ( Solo )
  • 1 x Unspecified bowed strings
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Flute ( Solo )
  • 1 x Clarinet ( Solo )
  • 1 x Marimba ( Solo )
  • 1 x Violin ( Solo )
  • 1 x Full orchestra
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Programme Note:
In a Concerto Grosso (a form developed in the baroque era) a group of soloists, called the concertino, alternates material with the larger ensemble, the ripieno. The soloists in this work are flute, clarinet, violin and mallet percussion (marimba and vibraphone). This combination of woodwinds, strings and percussion is essentially a paired down version of the entire orchestra (minus brass). In this work the solo concertino acts as one unit. It is rare to hear the individual soloists for an extended period. A kaleidoscope of colours, sustained chords, and melody notes, are continuously re-orchestrated amongst the four soloists.There are three movements. Movement I. Allegro Grazioso, is through-composed. It is not in a traditional form, like sonata. The longer melodic lines are interwoven among the four soloists. Movement II. Andante Moderato, is a lamentation using the technique of a chaconne, a repeated chord progression that continues throughout. It is orchestrated for muted strings, muted trombones, and the concertino ensemble. Descending figurations, traditionally employed in a lament, are given to the solo instruments. Movement III. Vivace, concludes the concerto in a traditional upbeat fashion featuring jaunty rhythmic patterns. Material is more obviously passed between the soloists and the ensemble. The harmonic language features open fifths and split thirds (major/minor) combinations.

Premiere Information:
Halifax
Saint Andrews United Church
27 Apr 2013
Nova Scotia Youth Orchestr
Dinuk Wijeratne, conductor

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 1401 C473co
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Orchestra with Multiple Soloists, Misc. Soloist
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • February 5, 2014
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (63 p.) ;
    63 Pages
    Height: 43 cm
    Width: 28 cm
    Parts page count: 126
    4 solo parts ([32] p.) ;
    Height: 35.3 cm
    Width: 25 cm
    27 parts ([126] p.) ;
    Height: 35.3 cm
    Width: 25 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • I. Allegro Grazioso
    II. Andante Moderato
    III. Vivace

    Commissioned by the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra, Dinuk Wijeratne, Music Director
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