CONCERTO FOR GUITAR AND SMALL ORCHESTRA
1 flute, 1 piccolo flute, 1 oboe, 1 clarinet (Bb), 1 bassoon, 1 horn (F), 1 celesta, stringscomposed in
approx. 15 min. 5 sec.
1st movement: 4 minutes 15 seconds
2nd movement: 7 minutes 15 seconds
3rd movement: 3 minutes 35 secondsdedicated to
Olaf Van Gonnissen and Leo Brouwerfirst performance
BAD HOMBURGER GITARRENTAGE 2013, Schlosskirche, Bad Homburg v.d.H., March 8, 2013, 7:30 PM
Olaf Van Gonnissen, guitar
Sinfonieorchester der Frankfurter Orchester Gesellschaft
conducted by Stefan SchmittpublisherEDITION MEIJERINGprogram notes
In the early 1980's in the city of Liège, Belgium, I heard a concert of works by Leo Brouwer performed by the composer. They included PER SUONARE A DUE, which the enthusiastic audience insisted he repeat immediately. The program also included the CONCERTO DE LIÈGE for guitar and orchestra, one of whose main themes I recall vividly. Then some Beatles songs arranged for guitar duo, and ELOGIO DE LA DANZA performed with a dancer. It was a musical event I will never forget. At the time I was studying guitar with Olaf Van Gonnissen at the Academy for Musical Arts in Darmstadt. In memory of those indelible experiences, I have composed this CONCERTO FOR GUITAR AND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA. It expresses my love and deepest nostalgia for this wonderful apollonian instrument, and I have dedicated this composition to both my teacher Olaf Van Gonnissen and Leo Brouwer whose CONCERTO DE LIEGE was the first guitar concerto I ever heard in live performance.