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Liebermann Piccolo Concerto Pdf 11

Liebermann Piccolo Concerto Pdf 11

The Piccolo Concerto, Op. 50, is a musical work composed by Lowell Liebermann in 1996 for the piccolo and orchestra. It is one of the few concertos written for this instrument, and it showcases its lyrical and expressive potential. The concerto consists of three movements: Andante comodo, Adagio, and Presto. The first two movements are based on motifs from the opening theme, while the third movement incorporates quotations from Mozart, Beethoven, and Sousa. The concerto was commissioned by Jan Gippo, the piccolo player of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, who premiered it at the National Flute Association convention in New York on August 18, 1996, with Glen Cortese conducting the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. The concerto has since been performed and recorded by several piccolo players, such as James Galway, Nicola Mazzanti, and Egor Egorkin .

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The Piccolo Concerto is a rare addition to the slender list of concertos written for the piccolo, the smallest and highest-pitched member of the flute group. Liebermann decided to explore the lyrical and expressive qualities of the piccolo, rather than its stereotypical bright and shrill sound. He said: "I wanted to write a piece that would exploit all of the colors that are possible on the instrument. I also wanted to write a piece that would be fun for both the soloist and the audience" . Liebermann is one of Americas most frequently performed and recorded living composers. The New York Times said of him: As much as a traditionalist as an innovator . He has written works in all major genres, including opera, symphony, chamber music, and solo piano. His music often combines tonal and atonal elements, as well as influences from Romanticism and Neo-Classicism.

The first movement of the Piccolo Concerto, Andante comodo, begins with a haunting and mysterious theme played by the soloist in its lowest register. The theme is based on a descending chromatic scale that is repeated throughout the movement in various forms. The orchestra responds with contrasting material that is more rhythmic and lively. The movement alternates between these two moods, creating a sense of tension and drama. The movement ends with a cadenza for the soloist that leads into the second movement.

The second movement, Adagio, is the longest and most expressive movement of the concerto. It is based on a twelve-tone row that has tonal implications and is itself built of motivic elements from the first movement. The row is presented by the soloist at the beginning of the movement and then undergoes a series of variations by different instruments of the orchestra. The movement has a lyrical and melancholic character, with some moments of intensity and climax. The movement ends with a return of the opening theme by the soloist.

The third movement, Presto, is a virtuosic and humorous finale that contrasts with the previous movements. It is marked by fast and brilliant passages for the soloist and the orchestra, as well as sudden changes of tempo and mood. The movement also features three quotations from famous works that do not have piccolo parts: Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G minor , Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major "Eroica" , and Sousa's march "The Stars and Stripes Forever" . Liebermann explained his choice of quotations as follows: "I thought it would be fun to give the piccolo player a chance to play some pieces that he or she never gets to play in an orchestra" . The concerto ends with a triumphant coda that recalls the main theme of the first movement.

The Piccolo Concerto by Lowell Liebermann is a remarkable work that demonstrates the versatility and expressiveness of the piccolo as a solo instrument. It also reflects Liebermann's skill and creativity as a composer who can blend different styles and techniques in his music. The concerto has been praised by critics and audiences alike as one of the best examples of contemporary music for the piccolo.

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