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Piano concerto No. 1 : full orchestra

by Colin Brumby (1984)

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Performance by West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Patrick Thomas from the CD Music of Colin Brumby

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Work Overview

A work in three movements of which the first begins with an evocative introduction featuring a cantabile melody for the solo piano in octaves. This leads to the first theme of the exposition, an emotionally-charged eight-bar melody in C minor for the soloist. A transition leads to a romantic second theme in E flat. The development consists of secondary ideas, each of which vies for the foreground, before a rhetorical upward flourish announces the recapitulation. A brief cadenza preceding a terse coda concludes the movement.

The second movement, in expanded ternary-form, begins in A major which, as the raised submediant of the key of the first movement, further emphasises the romantic concepts underlying the work. The tender, bel canto-like melody of the opening is taken up by the orchestra before an extended, lyrical development leads to a contrasting theme of greater urgency. The bulding drama is resolved by the return of the opening theme, this time in D major, and the movement concludes peacefully.

The final movement is an extended rondo in which the energetic, opening theme is heard three times by way of providing structural stability to the movement. Between each statemenrt, however, this stablity is challenged by contrasting yet complementary ideas, before the work is brought to a climax in a brief but pressing coda.

Work Details

Year: 1984

Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion, strings.

Duration: 33 min.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Wendy Pomroy

Commission note: Commissioned by Wendy Pomroy with funds provided by Australia Council.

First performance: by West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Patrick Thomas — 17 Sep 85. Basil Kirke Studios ABC, Perth


Program note: Colin Brumby's "Piano Conerto No. 1"
program note by the composer


Performances of this work

17 Sep 85: Basil Kirke Studios ABC, Perth. Featuring West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Patrick Thomas.

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