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Rapture (Torke)

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Michael Torke

Michael Torke

Subtitle: Concerto for Percussion and Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2001
Duration: c. 27:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bill Holab Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental   |   Score Only (print) - $225.00


1. Drums and Woods – 11:05
2. Mallets – 6:20
3. Metals – 10:45


Full Score
C Piccolo
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV-V-VI
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat B-flat Cornet I-II-III (all double flugelhorn)
C Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-Tom (6)
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The concerto explores a new idea of the roles of soloist and orchestra. In my piece, the tight correspondence between the two is the antithesis of the romantic struggle between the soloist as hero, conquering his foe, the orchestra, rendered in the end as only an accompanist. Yet my soloist is the leader, the initiator of every rhythm that the orchestra is bound in a slave-like way to shadow. The orchestra, however, is not subordinate in their role because by shadowing, they add vital color and perspective without which the soloist's patters would not have much meaning on their own.

- Program Note by composer

Rapture was originally commissioned by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. The soloist at the premiere, on 22 February 2001, was played by Colin Currie, and the conductor was Marin Alsop. The version for large wind ensemble was commissioned in 2002 by the National Youth Wind Ensemble of Great Britain and was premiered at the 2003 WASBE Conference in Jonkoping, Sweden, on 4 July 2003, Colin Currie, soloist, and Phillip Scott, conductor.

- Program Note by World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE)

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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