Concerto for Piano and Orchestral Winds & Percussion
Duration: c. 16:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Steven Bryant
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) – Rental ($450.00) | Score Only (print) - $50.00; (digital) - $50.00
1. Meditative – 9:45
2. Bold, yet playful – 5:45
Bassoon I-II (II doubles contra-bassoon)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
(percussion detail desired)
None discovered thus far.
The Concerto for Piano, commissioned by Pamela Mia Paul, continues my fascination with creating large works out of the smallest possible amount of initial musical material. In this piece, both movements are constructed from the exact same set of descending dyads, though they diverge widely in character and tempo.
Movement I is a meditation on these intervals, gradually unfolding from the solo piano opening into an ever-cascading fall of melodic motion, until we finally “land” in Ab major, at which point the music reverses direction, ascending to a euphoric climax. The music dissipates, evaporating upward into solo piano, just as it began.
Movement II erupts boldly into a playful interweaving of syncopated gestures, with the piano and ensemble often careening abruptly around sharp rhythmic and dynamic curves, as well as around each other. A groove eventually establishes itself, as the piece incessantly intensifies to a climactic conclusion.
I owe a debt of gratitude to Pamela Mia Paul for commissioning this work, and for her absolutely devoted and tireless support, extraordinary musicianship, and jovial attitude throughout the creation of this work.
Scored for orchestral winds and percussion, the instrumentation is suitable for both symphony orchestras and wind ensembles.
- Program Note by composer
- Audio CD: University of North Texas Wind Symphony (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor; Pamela Mia Paul, piano) - 2013
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Michigan State University (East Lansing) Symphony Band (David Thornton, conductor; Derek Polischuk, piano) – 5 February 2019
Works for Winds by this Composer
- Alchemy in Silent Spaces (2001)
- all stars are love (2014)
- Anthem (Bryant) (2011)
- The Automatic Earth (2019)
- Axis Mundi
- Bloom (2004)
- Chester Leaps In. See: Parody Suite)
- Coil (2014)
- Concerto for Alto Saxophone (2014)
- Concerto for Cello and Orchestral Winds
- Concerto for Piano and Orchestral Winds & Percussion (2012)
- Concerto for Trombone 2016
- Concerto for Wind Ensemble (2010)
- Dusk (2004)
- Ecstatic Fanfare (2012)
- Ecstatic Waters (2008)
- First Light
- Impercynations (see Parody Suite)
- Idyll (2013)
- In This Broad Earth (2015)
- In This Broad Earth (for brass ensemble) (2015/2017)
- Interruption Overture (1998)
- Irrational Joy (2017)
- Machine Awakes, The (2012)
- The Marbled Midnight Mile (1999)
- MetaMarch. See: Parody Suite)
- A Million Suns at Midnight
- Miniature Suite (2017)
- Nothing Gold Can Stay (2016)
- Parody Suite
- Pendulum (2018)
- Radiant Joy (2006)
- Rise (2003)
- Solace (2012)
- Stampede (2003)
- Suite Dreams. See: Parody Suite)
- Whirlwind (2013)
- Wings That Work (2003)
- Bryant, S.; Paul, P. (2012). Concerto for Piano and Orchestral Winds & Percussion [score]. Steven Bryant Music: [Durham, N.C.].
- Perusal score
- Steven Bryant website Accessed 30 January 2019