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Concerto Grosso [score]

for clarinet, bassoon or bass clarinet, harp and string orchestra or string quintet

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.

The first part of the third movement uses three elements: the first is a rhythmic ostinato, the second is melodic and the third is a sixteenth-note motif. These three elements are designed to exist on their own, but also to overlap and complement each other. Suddenly there is a polymodal middle section, highly rhythmic and based on numerous bar changes. A harp cadenza leads to the return of the first part, which combines various elements previously heard, all rushing to a finale that is as dazzling as it is virtuosic. At several points in the piece, various string soloists emerge to enter into dialogue with the three principal soloists.

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