Concerto for English Horn

on a purpose-selected tone row

Op.54

for Jeanee Waseck

1. Andante piacevole - Andante assai - Andantino robusto - Quasi cadenza: Adagietto; poco a poco accelerando al ... Allegro non troppo
2. Mesto - Lento molto - Mesto
3. Presto ma non troppo - Poco piů mosso

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25 March 2016 29'36" Realization (.MP3) Score (.PDF)
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After drafting about 90 seconds of the first movement here, I suddenly shook my head, sneered, and muttered: "formulaic hackwork!". Then I remembered: that has always been my explicitly stated goal, from the very beginning: toss an artfully-contrived tone row in the hopper, turn the crank a few times, and watch a fully finished, recognizably Classically-proportioned piece of music come oozing out the spigot. So it appears I am beginning to believe the goal is actually finally in hand.

Why it took almost two full months to write the Wind Quintet Op.52, but something less than a month to compose this entire concerto, I cannot quite explain. Luckily, nothing important hinges upon the knowledge. Probably.

Bon appétit!


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