• Helen Grime
  • Percussion Concerto (2018)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Commissioned by Southbank Centre, London, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. First performed by Colin Currie, percussion, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on 16th January 2019.

  • 2(pic)2(ca)2(Ebcl)2(cbn)/2200/timp/hp.cel/str
  • Percussion
  • 23 min

Programme Note

When I was first sketching material for this piece, I was inspired by a book I found about the angels in Paul Klee’s work. Sometimes these are in larger works or are sketches or smaller drawings and paintings. This suggested the structure of the piece and sections, as well as suggesting certain ideas, lines and rhythmic gestures that for the basis of the work’s material. There is no narrative as such, but I hope that the piece is direct and clear to follow. The piece is continuous, but in a nutshell: A lively first movement leads to a brooding second section with a very rapid final movement.

Programme note by Helen Grime


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