Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra, Op. 50

Lowell Liebermann

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Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
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Quick Overview

The Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra Op.50 was commissioned by Jan Gippo, principal Piccolo of the St. Louis Symphony, who gave the premiere of the work on August 18th, 1996, in New York City with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra conducted by Glenn Cortese. The occasion was the annual convention of the National Flute Association, who sponsored the commission.

Jan Gippo had enthusiastically pursued the idea of commissioning a Piccolo concerto from me ever since he played orchestral Piccolo in the premiere of my Concerto for Flute with James Galway and the St. Louis Symphony. Won over by his enthusiasm, I agreed to write this work for an instrument which has had virtually no concerto repertoire since the baroque era. In doing so I was eager to stress the lyrical and expressive qualities of an instrument which is too often stereotyped as being useful for only brilliant and ornamental flourishes.

The work falls into three movements which are united by thematic and motivic materials, significant among which is a twelve note row which forms the basis of the second movement?s variations. The final movement, which puts the seriousness of the first tow movements aside for an unbridled romp, makes use of three explicit musical quotations at strategic structural moments, one of which is an implicit homage to Shostakovich, who quoted from the same work in his own second Violin Concerto.

Orchestration of the Concerto was completed at the Loew?s Hotel in Monte Carlo, where I was situated for the rehearsal period of my opera "The Picture of Dorian Gray."

The Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra has been recorded for release on the BMG label by James Galway with the London Mozart Players conducted by the composer.

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Scores & Parts

Concerto - Solo Part with Piano Reduction - Piccolo, Orchestra

Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by Jan Gippo and sponsored by the National Flute Association.
Composition Date 1996
Duration 00:20:00
Orchestration Solo Picc.; 2 2 2 2 - 2 2(in C) 0 0; Timp. Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
Premiere 18th August, 1996. Jan Gippo/Piccolo, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Glenn Cortese National Flute Association Convention, Marriott Marquis Hotel, New York, New York.

Details

I Andante commodo
II Adagio
III Presto