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Cello concertoCello solo with string Orchestra
Composer's Note: Men and Nature. Man is part of Nature, but often he tries to pretend to be the owner of Nature, which is wrong. Man’s curiosity never ends – that is part of his procreation and evolution.There is an unresolved tension. This concerto is in two movements. The first movement is about Man (cello) imposing himself and trying to establish control over Nature (orchestra). A prolonged struggle between an imposing and stressful cello score and an equally emphatic response from the orchestra, which is fighting back not to relinquish its existing role as the owner of the universe. The second movement is the opposite picture where Nature proves its existing power and controls everything, including Man. The theme is reversed: The cello was playing all the leading elements in the first movement, whereas now the orchestra is leading the cello.
Akh Tamar (1984)Performer: Bruce Bower Bassoon solo , CBC orchestra Montreal, conductor: Raffi Armenian
Composer's note: Concerto for bassoon, double wind orchestras and two percussions. A serial work in 12 tones. The bassoon is the main narrator of the legend and the orchestra describes the scene. Very tense music, non-stop work in a single movement. It could be choreographed as a modern ballet. Tension is heightened by working with double instrumentation. Please read the story first – it helps you to appreciate the music better.
Suite concertante: Sayat Nova. For percussion solo and orchestra
Composer's note: This work was commissioned by well known Quebec percussionist Marie-Josée Simard. We worked together create an interesting composition.
Composer's note: The invention of the alphabet was accomplished through the grace of God. The mezzo and the baritone describe the birth of the alphabet while the orchestra picks up this emotional moment and develops it into its full meaning as it accompanies the soloists. Then follows the image of the scene of the Battle of Vardanank. The choir sings the battle cry with great tension and the orchestra raises it to a climax.
A major issue was to keep the percussion instruments within their own character. Plus we were searching for melodious and meditative themes that would fit in comfortably. We pushed the performing technique to extreme difficulty to show more of the beauty of the instruments and the performers’ capacity.
Why Sayat Nova? I wanted to introduce the great 18th century musician, and the use of three of his songs made this a song without words. Orchestra score is very charged, too, with lots of dialogues between soloists.
Three instruments for soloist are:
Marimba for the first movement
Vibraphone for the second movement
Xylophone for the third movement