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The concerto for viola and orchestra was commissioned by Léonie Sonning’s Music Foundation and the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra for Juri Bashmet, the 1995 recipient of the prestigious ‘Sonning Price’, an honour previously bestowed upon international ‘mega-stars’, such as Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein and Heinz Holliger, to name but a few. Mr. Bashmet and the DNRS premiered the concerto under the baton of Ulf Schirmer, April 1995 in Copenhagen.
The piece itself is in reality one melodic line only one tune constantly regenerating itself by means of a newly ‘updated’ change-ringing technique, which I call ‘minimorphoses’; the melodic line as such evolves in a patiently rising arch of 4 independent, simultaneous layers employing the ancient virtues of Augmentation and Diminution (broadening/shortening of the rhythmic patterns). The concerto is in one movement, a musical tribute to serenity and patience, rare qualities in a day and age, where the mind is never allowed to rest, being constantly bombarded by short-lived flashy ‘zaps’: it’s a piece devoted to the right and ability of music to stay aloof, maintaining its emotional integrity, detached from the tyranny of fashion and trend.
was composed right on the heels of
, my second cello concerto, written for Heinrich Schiff, a piece strongly related to the
, spiritually and technically. The
is broader in scope, though, and the score calls for larger forces; in both cases, however, there’s no use of neither percussion- nor keyboard instruments. Whereas
displays no extrovert, brilliant passages in the solo-part, the
features two exuberant solo-cadenzas; the second and longer leads up to the final orchestral interlude, preceding a hushed coda which brings the piece to a halt on a minor chord in the first inversion, a hidden ‘trade-mark’ of mine to be found in virtually every piece since my first violin concerto from 1981.
make the two first ‘instalments’ of a concerto trilogy, the remaining being a piano concerto to be premiered in October by Rolf Hind and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
- Poul Ruders
10 DEC 2015
Musikhuset Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark
Lars Anders Tomter; Mark Soustrot, conductor
17 JAN 2001
18 January - Maglehøjskolen
19 January - Vallensbæk