Concerto No. 2 for Piano, Winds and Percussion

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Leonardo Balada

Leonardo Balada

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N.B. This work is referred to as Concerto for Piano, Winds and Percussion [without the number 2] by several sources.

General Info

Year: 1974
Duration: c. 16:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: G. Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - Rental   |   Score Only (print) – €23.36


Full Score
Solo Piano
Flute I-II
Bassoon I-II-III
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Balada’s music features extensive rhythmic variance and unique orchestration, often in service of a haunting atmosphere.

- Program Note from WASBE

This concerto was commissioned by the Carnegie Mellon University Alumni Association. The soloist in almost perpetual motion, and the two forces – the soloist and winds – are more often than not at odds. The work is in one movement, but there are three sections. The first starts with a “ping-pong” idea taken in a literal sense. The single figure gradually expands into a broken cluster-like texture, aided by similar material in the winds and trumpets, which determines the rich ending of the first section. The disintegration of the climax leads to the middle section, slow and open in an almost “Chopinesque” Romanticism of free rubatos and dynamics. This is a homage to the 19th century in the same fashion that the first part is a homage to the 20th century of Poulenc and Stravinsky. A melodic idea of four notes presented out of phase leads to the third section with a sudden and staccato hammering by the soloist. The element of repetition is of utmost importance in the work, as is the contrast between the unison and the clusters, intermingled with triadic sounds and other devices that I like to call “recycling” of traditional techniques.

This work was first performed on April 15th, 1974, at Carnegie Hall in New York by Harry Franklin, pianist, and the Carnegie Mellon Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Richard Strange, conductor. It is dedicated to those artists.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Strasbourg Conservatory of Music (Strasbourg, France) (Miguel Etchegoncelay, conductor; Lorena Torales Lisowsky, piano) - 6 April 2024
  • Carnegie Mellon (Pittsburgh, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (Richard Strange, conductor; Harry Franklin, piano) - 15 April 1974 *Premiere Performance* (Carnegie Hall, New York)

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