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Robert Xavier Rodríguez

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Oktoechos, Concerto Grosso for Two Groups of Soloists and Orchestra (1983)
Commissioned by The Dallas Symphony in conjunction with the Meet the Composer Orchestra Residency Program
Publisher
G Schirmer Inc
Category
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed
1983
Duration
18 Minutes
Programme Note
Robert Xavier Rodríguez Oktoechos, Concerto Grosso for Two Groups of Soloists and Orchestra (1983)



Composer note:
The title of Oktoechos refers to the ancient system of Byzantine chant, in which eight different melodic types were drawn from a single scale formation. Here each of the eight soloists creates an individual melodic contour out of a common kernel of rhythmic and melodic material. The soloists are divided into two groups of four, each containing a member of the orchestra's four timbral families (string, woodwind, brass. and percussion). On the conductor's left are four soloists who play in the high register: violin, clarinet, trumpet, and percussion (vibraphone, marimba, temple blocks, and triangle); on the right are the low soloists: cello, bassoon, tenor trombone, and piano. These four strong timbral groupings in the orchestra contrast sharply with the registral groupings of the soloists; hence the dramatic conflict which shapes the piece.

— Robert X. Rodríguez

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