Concerto for Piano and Wind Ensemble (Archer)

From Wind Repertory Project
Kimberly Archer

Kimberly Archer

General Info

Year: 2010 / 2015
Duration: c. 29:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $200.00   |   Score Only - $50.00


1. Distant, Pensive - 11:26
2. Vigorous - 2:41
3. Laid Back - 5:17
4. Forceful - 7:24


Full Score
Solo Piano
Flute I-II
B-flat Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Bass Trombone
Double Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Crotale
  • Field Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Low Tom
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone



None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Concerto for Piano & Wind Ensemble was commissioned by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Dr. John Bell, conductor.

It was April 2007, during rehearsals for the premiere of my Symphony No. 3. The head of the consortium and my best friend, Chris Werner, asked in a quiet moment if I knew what my next project would be. I admitted feeling so fatigued it was hard to imagine composing again, but I’ve always wanted to try a piano concerto with wind ensemble. Of course it's one of those nearly obligatory "composer benchmarks", like writing a string quartet. Certainly, since I do not play the piano, there is an interesting challenge inherent in approaching the instrument and proving I'm capable of writing for it. Perhaps most important, though, is that the term "piano concerto" virtually always assumes "with orchestra". I, on the other hand, find that the timbral qualities of the piano meld particularly well with wind instruments and keyboard percussion (such as the marimba and vibraphone), and that its versatility as both a melodic and percussive instrument opens a myriad of colorful possibilities.

Chris suggested I discuss this with my band colleague at SIUE, John Bell. John immediately agreed to a commission, recruited a soloist, and even shouldered the formidable task of assembling a consortium during a major economic recession.

As I began composing the first movement, a strikingly plaintive theme of equal importance to the piano emerged, which could only be for solo cello. In November 2007, Chris and I had observed rehearsals of David Maslanka's Trombone Concerto, and were both deeply touched by the cello's voice within the wind ensemble. At the time, I mused on what the combination of cello and euphonium (my own instrument) might sound like, tucking that away for future use. Chris, however, seemed unusually, powerfully affected. He shared with me the soundtrack to the television series Lost shortly after that, which also features the cello and piano, and commented often, emphatically, that the cello is for him the embodiment of loneliness. I realized as I continued working on that first idea for my own concerto that not only would this cello theme be the motivic foundation and the heart of the work, but also a loving acknowledgement of a shared solitude between Chris and me. It was only natural, then, to dedicate the finished concerto to him.

- Program note by composer


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