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Concerto Grosso (Bennett)

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Robert Russell Bennett

Robert Russell Bennett


Subtitle: Concerto for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, and Wind Orchestra


General Info

Year: 1958 / 1959
Duration: c. 16:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Edition Peters
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental


Movements

1. Adagio – 5:38
2. Andante con moto – 5:15
3. Moderato en due – 2:40
4. Allegro moderato, ma energico – 3:25


Instrumentation

Full Score
Solo Flute
Solo Oboe
Solo Bassoon
Solo Clarinet
Solo Horn
C Piccolo I-II
Flute I-II-III-IV-V
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV-V
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
C Trumpet I-II
Flugelhorn
Horn in F I-II-III-IV-V
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Bass Trombone I-II
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-tom
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The Concerto Grosso is similar in style to Bennett’s other wind ensemble compositions, most notably the Suite of Old American Dances, yet explores more non-traditional and dissonant harmonies than the suite. Bennett’s play on the relationship between sprightly Americana and the darker textures of woodwind and brass is a study in stark contrast. The form of the piece is based on the Italian Baroque concerto grosso from the Baroque period, in which a small group (in this case, the wind quintet) performs alongside a larger ensemble.

The Concerto Grosso for Wind Quintet and Wind Orchestra was commissioned by the American Wind Symphony Orchestra.

- Program Note by Kevin Holzman for the Eastman Wind Ensemble


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