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Piano Concerto Chiavi in Mano: Orchestra And Solo

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PUBLISHER: Associated Music Publishers
PRODUCT FORMAT: Score
'The idea for a Piano concerto for the Boston Symphony was instigated by Robert Levin, the great Mozart scholar and Pianist. The idea was evidently embraced by BSO Artistic Administrator Tony Fogg and supported by MusicDirector James Levine. Much of the concerto was composed during the summer of
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Publisher Associated Music Publishers
Instrumentation Piano and Orchestra
Product Format Score
Description Product Type Score
Year of Publication 2017
ISBN 9781540005540
UPC 888680711443
No. HL50601101
Number of pages 80
Series Full Score
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'The idea for a Piano concerto for the Boston Symphony was instigated by Robert Levin, the great Mozart scholar and Pianist. The idea was evidently embraced by BSO Artistic Administrator Tony Fogg and supported by MusicDirector James Levine. Much of the concerto was composed during the summer of 2004 at the American Academy in Rome in a secluded studio hidden within the Academy walls.

While much of the composing took place farfrom home, the concerto comes out as a particularly “American” piece, shot through with vernacular elements. As in many of my compositions, simple, familiar musical ideas are the starting point. A shape, a melodicfragment, a rhythm, a chord, a texture, or a sonority may ignite the appetite for exploration. How such simple insignificant things can be altered, elaborated, extended, and combined becomes the exciting challenge ofcomposition.

I also want the finished work to breathe in a natural way, to progress spontaneously, organically, moving toward a transformation of the musical substance in ways unimaginable to me when I began thejourney. Transformation is the goal, with the intention of achieving an altered state of perception and exposure that I am otherwise unable to achieve. “Chiavi in mano” – the title of the concerto – is themantra used by automobile salesmen and realtors in Italy: Buy the house or the car and the keys are yours. But the more pertinent reason for the title is the fact that the piano writing is designed to fall “under thehand” and no matter how difficult it may be, it remains physically comfortable and devoid of stress. In other words: 'Keys in hand.'' - Yehudi Wyner, December 13, 2004

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