The Paces

Concerto for Piano and Chamber Ensemble

James Matheson

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Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
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Quick Overview

The Paces is a single-movement concerto for piano and chamber ensemble. It is comprised of several sections, all of which in some form or another develop the piano's initial melody, heard at the very beginning of the work. On several levels, the work puts the soloist, ensemble and audience ?through the paces.? The pianist bears the bulk of this challenge, articulated in its clearest form: although it generally eschews conspicuous flash, the part is both virtuosic and relentless (over the course of the work's twenty or so minutes, the pianist never rests for more than a few measures).

The challenge to the listener is more subtle. Although the work?s several sections are derived from the piano?s opening bars, there is great variety to them, and transitions are often sudden and unexpected. Within the work, there is often the sense of approaching a corner, which hides something unexpected but which, when revealed, is sensical. My hope is that these events displace one?s expectations, not quite satisfying them, but not quite frustrating them either. As the work moves from place to place, never quite arriving where it seems to be going, the challenge to the listener is, put simply, to keep pace.

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Scores & Parts

The Paces - Full Score - Study
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Additional Information

Commission The Paces was commissioned by the Gilmore and Mary Roelofs Stott Fund. The commissioning and presentation of the The Paces was made possible in part by a grant from the Philadelphia Music project, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, administered by Settl
Composition Date 2003
Duration 00:18:30
Orchestration Solo Pno.; 1 1(dbl. E.H.) 2(dbl.EbCl.; B.Cl.) 0 – 0 0 0 0; Perc. Str.(Cb. with C extension)
Premiere April 25, 2003, pianist Charles Abramovic and Orchestra 2001, conducted by James Freeman; Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA