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Concerto in F

From Wind Repertory Project
George Gershwin

George Gershwin (trans. Martín Jorge)


Subtitle: For Piano and Orchestra


General Info

Year: 1925 / 2017
Duration: c. 32:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano and orchestra
Publisher: Baton Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €325.00   |   Score Only (print) - €70.00


Movements

1. Allegro
2. Adagio - Andante con moto
3. Allegro agitato


Instrumentation

Full Score
Solo Piano
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Solo Soprano Clarinet I-II
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
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle
  • Whip
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone

Cello


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Despite being very busy with three different Broadway musicals, Gershwin was able to complete the Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra in November, 1925. It was commissioned by the American conductor Walter Damrosch who conducted the premiere in Carnegie Hall later that year featuring the composer as the soloist.

The Concerto in F shows considerable development in Gershwin's compositional technique, particularly because he orchestrated the entire work himself.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music


Damrosch had been present at the February 12, 1924, concert arranged and conducted by Paul Whiteman titled "An Experiment in Modern Music" which became famous for the premiere of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, in which the composer performed the piano solo. The day after the concert, Damrosch contacted Gershwin to commission from him a full-scale piano concerto for the New York Symphony Orchestra, closer in form to a classical concerto and orchestrated by the composer.

The Concerto in F shows considerable development in Gershwin's compositional technique, particularly because he orchestrated the entire work himself, unlike the Rhapsody in Blue .

The concerto is in the traditional three movements. There are strong thematic links among the three movements, all of which are heavily influenced by jazz. However, there exists, in each movement, a very subtle structural integrity that, while perhaps not immediately apparent to the listener, is rooted in the classical tradition.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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Performances

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  • University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble (Kevin Michael Holzman, conductor; Michael Chertock, piano) - 15 October 2019


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