Piano and Chamber Ensemble of 10 Players
Commissioned by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, London Sinfonietta and Ensemble Modern with financial assistance from the Arts Council of England and the following Sound (OI)
cl.bsax - tpt.trbn.tuba - perc(1) timp/crot/roto toms/tuned tpl.bl/2 wood dr/log dr/talking dr/wood chimes/hi-hat/tam-t/anvil/ped BD - 3 vln.db (all string instruments and clarinet need amplification, bass requires a contact microphone)
Concerto Conciso (1997)
Commissioned by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG), London Sinfonietta and Ensemble Modern with financial assistance from the Arts Council of England and Sound Investors through the BCMG Sound Investment Scheme.
The work is scored for solo piano and an ensemble of ten players, comprising clarinet, baritone saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, 3 violins and double bass. It is in two movements. The first was originally entitled AStudy for a Coda@, and casts the pianist in the deliberately restricted role of musical director, with a semi-soloistic continuo part. The soloist is released, and claims centre stage, at the beginning of the second movement. This has two parts: firstly, a slow Aciacconetta@, which runs through six divisions upon a seven-bar chord sequence announced by the piano; secondly, a fast Abrawl@ in a tonality discovered by an unexpected resolution of the last cycle of the Aciacconetta@. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians describes the mediaeval English dance which this section might evoke (from the French Abranle@) as a form of round-dance: Athe linked dancers. . . face inwards to the centre of an arc, or a full circle, moving sideways to the left and the right@.