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Nico Muhly

Publisher: Chester Music

Cello Concerto (2012),
Commissioned by Barbican, London and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for world premiere performances by Britten Sinfonia at Barbican Center, March 16, 2012 and by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, January 25, 2013
Publisher
St. Rose Music Publishing
Category
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed
2012
Duration
20 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
Cello
Availability
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Programme Note
Nico Muhly Cello Concerto (2012),
When the Barbican asked me to write a concerto for Olly Coates and the Britten Sinfonia, I immediately started making plans. I wanted to write something formally traditional (fast-slow-fast) but with steadily developing content. The first movement is angular, the second supple, and the third motoric; there is constant progression and no looking back. The first movement begins with a texture quite explicitly stolen from the first bar of Dutilleux's Métaboles, and proceeds from there. A series of "melting" textures in the strings, muted trumpet, percussion & piano antagonizes the soloist, who plays a quick perpetual motion toccata before the entire structure devolves into drones. The second movement begins with a very long drone over which the cello spins short lyrical phrases. Decorative chromaticism slowly becomes more pronounced, and the movement ends in a shimmer of bells and rude brass. The third movement is a long piece of fast process music: essentially a digital delay applied to two lines of counterpoint. The result is bright and insistent. The concerto ends enigmatically, with foghorn brass and a long, sustained drone from the cello.
(c) Nico Muhly

Performances
Date
Title
  • 21 FEB 2014
    Cello Concerto Country Premiere
    Symphony No. 3
    St. Carolyn by the Sea Country Premiere
    Forum Neue Musik
    Frankfurt, Germany
    HR Sinfonieorchester
    Nicolas Altstaedt, cello; André de Ridder, conductor
  • 21 FEB 2014
    Germany
    Radio Sinfonie Orchester Frankfurt
    Nicolas Alstaedt; André de Ridder, conductor
  • 04 JUN 2013
    Eindhoven, The Netherlands
    BBC Scottish Symphony
    Oliver Coates, cello; Ilan Volkov, conductor

    Other Dates:
    5 June - Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • 04 JUN 2013
    Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Holland
    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
    Oliver Coates, cello; Ilan Volkov, conductor

    Other Dates:
    5 June - Paradiso Amsterdam, Holland
  • 25 JAN 2013
    Cello Concerto US Premiere
    Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
  • 16 MAR 2012
    Cello Concerto World Premiere
    Violent, Violent Sea European Premiere
    Barbican, London
    Britten Sinfonia
    Oliver Coates; André de Ridder, conductor

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