Breaking the Silence : Concerto for violoncello and chamber orchestra
by George Palmer (2015)
Also known as: Concerto for Cello and Chamber Orchestra
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The work is inspired by, and is an interpretation of, the most famous of all Japanese haikus, "The Frog" by 17th century Zen master, Matsuo Basho:
"Breaking the silence/of an ancient pond/ a frog jumped into water - a deep resonance".
The First Movement begins with a quiet meditation (Zazen), followed by the 'frog jumping' theme, quick and mischievous. The Second Movement is elegiac and traquil; the Third Movement is full of riotous energy. Great virtuosity and sensitivity are called for from the soloist.
Instrumentation: Cello solo, piccolo/flute, oboe/cor anglais, Bb clarinet, bassoon, horn, harp, strings.
Duration: 22 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Virtuoso cello
Contents note: I. Zazan (Meditiation) - Kawasu tobikomo (frog jumps in) -- II. Furu ike ya (old pond) -- III. Mizu no oto (water's sound).
Commission note: Commissioned by Pelikan Artline Pty Ltd to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Shachihata Inc.
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