Composed in 2023, Concerto Grosso for clarinet, bassoon or bass clarinet, harp and string orchestra (or quintet) is structured in three movements. The first opens with a string ostinato over which the clarinet and bassoon (or bass clarinet) build a lyrical, expressive melody over the harp’s sixteenth-note arpeggios. A number of abrupt modulations take the ensemble into a much more rhythmic and virtuosic second part, in ABA’ form, with A’ superimposing elements of A and B until the conclusion.
The second movement opens with a melodic motif played on the harp. Meditative in character, it is taken up and developed by the various instruments, leading to a dramatic central section based on six-part canon writing. The first part then returns, the melodic motif serving as the basic material for the various developments.
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