Concerto grosso

Derek Charke
Derek Charke
Composition Date: 2013
Duration: 00:16:23


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Flute ( Solo )
  • 1 x Clarinet ( Solo )
  • 1 x Marimba ( Solo )
  • 1 x Violin ( Solo )
  • 1 x Full orchestra
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:
Saint Andrews United Church
28 Apr 2013
Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra
Dinuk Wijeratne, conductor


  • Call Number:
  • AR3151
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • February 26, 2014
  • Type:
  • Sound recording, archival
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 streaming audio file ; (16:23)
    This is a streaming audio track, part of the CentreStreams project. CentreStreams is made possible through the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada and CBC Radio 2.
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  • Additional Information:
  • Live Recording. Premiere performance by the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra, Dinuk Wijeratne, Music Director. Featuring Nelly Chen, Jaewon Choi, Marc Blouin and Chris Eagles. April 28, 2013 Saint Andrews United Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Recorded by the composer.

    Commissioned by the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra.
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