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Kevin Volans

Publisher: Chester Music

Trio Concerto (2005)
Co-commissioned by the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and City of Groningen (Netherlands), Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland) and the Storioni Trio
Work Notes
Dedicated to Pablo Pascual Cilleruelo
Chester Music Ltd
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed
20 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
Cello, Piano, Violin
Programme Note
Kevin Volans Trio Concerto (2005)
In this piece I decided to raise the bar a little on virtuoso orchestral music. It is a very difficult piece, both for the soloists and the orchestra, demanding great stamina from the players, especially the winds. It is written in three movements. The first and second are about six minutes each. The third is twice the length and develops material from the previous two.

Although I feel the piece is forward looking, I used music I wrote in the 1970s as a starting point for the style. The soloists play almost continuously throughout the piece, mostly as soloists, but sometimes joining in with the orchestra as ensemble players. They begin playing ‘scribbles’, one after another in patterns of three against an orchestral rhythm derived from flamenco – an accent on four and a half beats in a 4/4 bar. As the piece progresses the material of the soloists is re-aligned, becoming, I hope, more ordered and comprehensible.

Kevin Volans

  • Ensemble
    RTE National Symphony Orchestra
    Storioni Trio, Isabelle O'Connell
    Gavin Maloney, Alan Buribayev
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