Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 12

Lowell Liebermann

Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

The First Concerto for Piano and Orchestra Op. 12 was composed and orchestrated during the months of August and September of 1983. The work is dedicated to composer Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabi. It was given its first performance in 1988 by pianist Stephen Hough and the Lake Forest Symphony conducted by Paul McRae. The orchestration of the Concerto calls for piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 2 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, percussion, and strings.
The Concerto is in three movements; in fact the number three plays a role of great importance in the motivic and structural unity of the work, as is evident from the three tutti octaves and three semitones of the piano theme at the opening of the Concerto. The first movement, Allegro, is energetic and rhythmic. The second, Larghetto, is contemplative and expressive, and orchestrated for strings, clarinets, flutes and timpani only. The final movement, subtitled ?Maccaber Dance? (Allegro con fuoco), once again utilizes the full orchestra, and is a fiendishly virtuosic ?perpetuum mobile? for the soloist, whose part is literally without rest for the duration of the movement. The final movement was named after the Scotsman who initiated a ?dance of death? during the plague in Medieval Paris and from whence comes the derivation of the ?Dance Macabre.? Some of the thematic material of the Concerto is derived from a medieval song entitled ?Fortune My Foe,? which occurs in various guises (or disguises) throughout the three movements.
Piano Concerto No. 1 has been recorded for Hyperion with soloist Stephen Hough and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer.

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Scores & Parts

Concerto No. 1 - Solo Part with Piano Reduction - Piano, Orchestra

Additional Information

Composition Date 1983
Duration 00:20:00
Orchestration Solo Pno.; 3 3 3 3 - 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Str.
Premiere October 28th, 1988. Stephen Hough, piano, Lake Forest Symphony (Illinois), conducted by Paul McRae.


I Allegro
II Larghetto
III Maccaber Dance: Allegro con fuoco