Piano Concerto No. 3
The Mysteries of Light
Commissioned work: Commissioned by Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra on the occasion of the Orchestra's Centennial
Premiere: April 14, 2011 Minneapolis, Orchestra Hall (USA) · Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Klavier · Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Instrumentation: piano and orchestra
Orchestra instrumentation: 3 flutes (3rd doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, cor anglais, 3 clarinets in Bb (3rd doubling bass clarinet), 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns in F, 3 trumpets in C, 3 trombones (2 tenor, 1 bass), tuba, timpani, percussion (vibraphone, mark tree, 4 woodblocks, 4 brake drums, bass drum, glockenspiel, tuned gongs, metal bar, tambourine, water gong, tam-tam, tubular bells, güiro, vibraslap, 4 tom-toms, snare drum, suspended cymbals), harp, strings
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes, London
Duration: 25' 0''
Year of composition: 2007-2008
Edition: piano reduction for 2 pianos
76 Pages - Saddle stitching
Order number: BH 12374
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Sub-titled 'The Mysteries of Light’, the composer states that this work attempts to revive the ancient practice of writing music based on the structure of the Rosary. The most famous example of this is the collection of the Rosary (or Mystery) Sonatas for violin by Heinrich Biber, written in the late 17th century. MacMillan’s concerto is based on a set of five meditations introduced by John Paul II in 2002, the Luminous Mysteries. In spite of this, rather than being devotional the work proceeds in quasi-dramatic fashion, not too distant in concept from a tone poem. Commissioned by Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra on the occasion of the Orchestra’s Centennial, and first performed with soloist Jean-Yves Thibaudet in April 2011. Performance materials available on hire.
Baptisma Iesu Christi
Miraculum in Cana
Proclamatio Regni Dei
Transfiguratio Domini Nostri
BH 12455 = study score
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