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World Premiere of Pierre Jalbert's Violin Concerto with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Jun. 01, 2017

World Premiere of Pierre Jalbert's <em>Violin Concerto</em> with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Pierre Jalbert’s Violin Concerto receives its world premiere on June 9 with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and soloist Steven Copes, led by Thomas Zehetmair. The work was co-commissioned by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for the concertmaster of each orchestra.

Jalbert's Violin Concerto, in two movements, begins with a slow and expressive introduction which evolves into a scherzando section. As Jalbert describes, the second movement moves between "frenetic, pulse-oriented music and free, slow, non-pulsed music." For the soloist, Jalbert employs lyrical quarter-tone pitch-bending in these slower passages. "Eventually," he writes, "the fast music takes over and leads to a fiery cadenza."

Subsequent performances take place with the Milwaukee Symphony and violinist Frank Almond on February 16, 2018 and with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and soloist Margaret Batjer on March 17, 2018.

Music From Copland House's new Pierre Jalbert portrait album—Secret Alchemy—featuring recordings of Secret AlchemyString TrioPiano Trio No. 1, and Crossings, is now available. Listen to a recording of Piano Trio No. 1 from the album:

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Pierre Jalbert
Violin Concerto (2017)
for violin and chamber orchestra

Piano Quintet (2017)
for string quartet and piano

Piano Trio No. 1 (1998)
for violin, cello and piano