for percussion and orchestratranscribed for wind ensemble by Andrew Boysen Jr. (1997) (1994/1997)
I. Con forza
|Commission||Commissioned by the Philharmonic–Symphony Society of New York for its 150th Anniversary, with funding support by AT&T|
|Premiere||Original version premiere:|
January 6, 1995; New York, NY, Avery Fisher Hall (USA) · Christopher Lamb, percussion · Conductor: Leonard Slatkin · New York Philharmonic
One of the most performed works by a living American composer in the classical music repertoire, Joseph Schwantner’s Concerto, for percussion and orchestra, was written for the New York Philharmonic’s principal percussionist Christopher Lamb and for the occasion of the orchestra’s 150th anniversary. Cast in three movement arch form, the concerto employs a good deal of improvisation on the part of the soloist and is a tour de force of virtuosity within a framework of wide ranging musical idioms and moods.