composer: Joe Duddell
Concerto for cello and chamber orchestra
Commissioned work: Commissioned for Thomas Carroll by sinfonia ViVA to celebrate its 21st birthday in 2003. The work was supported with funds from the PRS Foundation
Premiere: April 11, 2003 Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall (UK) · Thomas Carroll, cello · Conductor: Nicholas Kok · sinfonia ViVA
Orchestra instrumentation: 1.0.ca.1(in A).bcl.1-126.96.36.199-1/2perc(h.h, cym, wdbl, vib)-hp.pno-str(188.8.131.52.2 max)
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Duration: 20' 0''
Year of composition: 2002-2003
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Cast in two movements, this is an abstract work which sees instruments from the orchestra ‘shadowing’ the solo cello and shows some of the composers’ strongest musical influences, including Tippett and Stravinsky. Joe Duddell creates a sense of momentum throughout the first movement from multiple cross rhythms. The second movement opens with a slow, reflective passage of sparse, simple homophonic chords which gradually become absorbed as cross rhythms return and the texture thickens.
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