Violin Concerto

Shulamit Ran

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Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
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My Concerto for Violin and Orchestra is a work of some 20 minutes cast in three movements. Each movement explores certain facets of the violin?s complex personality, or ?soul.? The classically proportioned first movement, taken as a whole, is rather mercurial in character, ranging from the lyrical and deeply expressive to the ?devilish? and menacing. The second movement is the Concerto?s fast an d occasionally furious movement, with the rustic, obsessive, tempestuous and sarcastic, all taking turns. Though shorter and more intimate than the other two movements, it is the slow last movement, I believe, that acts as the work?s emotional center. From its meditative, prayerful opening solo, through a gradual instrumental guild-up leading to a more intense cadenza and a final ?resolution,? it is a ?farewell? movement dealing with the inevitability of loss.

Thoughts of my mother, whose strength of spirit has been a profoundly significant guiding light throughout my own life, have embedded themselves in the creation of various portions of this work. At the closing of the Concerto, echoes of a familiar melody, one my mother sang to me in my childhood with words of her own creation, appear, gently fading away.

I would like to express my appreciation to violinist Ittai Shapira, who commissioned this work and whose support and collaboration throughout the creative process have been of great meaning.

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Composition Date 2002-2003
Duration 00:32:00
Orchestration Solo Vln.; 2(dbl. Picc.) 2 2(dbl.EbCl. / B.Cl.) 2(dbl.Cbsn.) - 2 2 2 0; 2Perc.(Timp.) Cel. Str.
Premiere June 13, 2003 Orchestra of St. Lukes, New York, NY Soloist: Ittai Shapira Conductor: Charles Hazelwood

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