• Carl Vine
  • Percussion Concerto (1987)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

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  • 1+pic.222/422+btbn.0/str
  • Percussion; tape
  • Percussion
  • 9 min

Programme Note

Percussion Concerto was commissioned by and is dedicated to Graeme Leak who gave its first performance at the University of Western Australia in September, 1987. It was devised in two versions : one for soloist with tape accompaniment and the other accompanied by chamber orchestra. Although the tape version (which is being used tonight) "mimics" the orchestral accompaniment, no attempt was made to imitate orchestral tone colours, and it stands as a work in its own right.

The solo part is designed to highlight the virtuosic dexterity required for multiple percussion writing as well as to demonstrate most of the sonorities available to the solo percussionist. Since it was devised with tape accompaniment in mind, all of the rhythmic cues must come from the accompaniment. The challenge here was to make it seem as though the soloist is leading the tape even though there is no way in the world this would be possible.