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Renascence

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Christopher Marshall

Christopher Marshall


Subtitle: Concerto for Piano and Wind Ensemble


General Info

Year: 2007
Duration: 28:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manuscript - publication in progress
Cost: Unknown


Instrumentation

Full Score
Solo Piano
Piccolo
Flute I-II-III (III doubling piccolo)
Oboe
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
C Trumpet I
B-flat Trumpet II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Marimba I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crasg Cymbals
  • Glockenspeil
  • Guiro
  • Jaw Bone (or Vibra-slap)
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam Tam
  • Tom-Toms (5)
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Machine
  • Xylophone


Errata

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Program Notes

Renascence is a three movement piano concerto in the Romantic tradition. While it is essentially abstract music, ideas and images concerned with rebirth occurred to me constantly throughout its composition.

The Schubert song 'Trockne Blumen' - which itself has a theme of rebirth - is at the heart of this music. Only in the last movement does it appear in recognisable form. However, that melody and its harmonisation are the source of most of the musical material for 'Renascence'.

Schubert is not the only musical presence here. Sometimes I almost felt I was 'channeling' the other Romantic composers whose music has always inspired me. Perhaps their spirit and influence may also be detected in my work.

For me the word renascence has connotations of excitement and turbulence. These are certainly the predominant elements in this concerto. They find expression in the frequent clash of meters and rhythms and the juxtaposition of Romantic harmonic progressions with transparent atonal gestures. Such passages are balanced by others which to me suggest a mood of contemplation, quiet celebration and particularly towards the end, acceptance.

Renascence was the first large-scale work I composed after arriving in the United States in August 2006. It was commissioned by an international consortium of directors who had previously performed or were familiar with my music. The world premiere of the first movement took place in Denver, Colorado on April 20, 2007. David Kish directed The Metropolitan State College Wind Ensemble with pianist Hsing-ay Hsu. On February 23, 2008, Marc Crompton directed The Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble with pianist Jane Hayes in the world premiere of the entire concerto. This performance took place in Coquitlam, British Columbia.


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Performances

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  • Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Marc Crompton, conductor;Jane Hayes, pianist) - 23 February 2008 *Premiere Performance*


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