Violin and Chamber Orchestra
Commissioned by the Berliner Festspiele and by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Music Director. Underwritten by Lenore and Bernard Greenberg
2(I&II=picc)22(I=Bb,II=A)2 - 3211 - perc(2): BD/low wood drum/SD/3 low drums of different pitches/tam-t/clash cyms/susp cym/small bongo/metal guero/wood guero/wdbl/cowbell/metal can/metal block - timp - strings (10.8.6.5.3)
Violin Concerto – “Concentric Paths”
This concerto has three movements, like most, but it is really more of a triptych, as the middle one is the largest. It is the “slow” movement, built from two large, and very many small, independent cycles, which overlap and clash, sometimes violently, in their motion towards resolution.
The outer movements too are circular in design, the first fast, with sheets of unstable harmony in different orbits, the third playful, at ease, with stable cycles moving in harmony at different rates