COLLAGE CONCERTANTE

COLLAGE CONCERTANTE

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Instrumentation
cl, tpt, pno, guitar, drumset, boom box for CD playback
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Year Authored (or revised)
Duration (min)
18
Movements
I. Birthday Tribute
II. Round Robin

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Instrumentation: Trumpet in Bb, clarinet in Bb, guitar, percussion (drum set), piano, audio recording, toy birds (making authentic robin sounds).

For movement 1, players speak isolated lines written by Chopin, Robert and Clara Schumann, George Sand.

For movement 2, players speak isolated lines from folk-song lyrics and poems having to do with robins.

NOTE: each movement may be performed alone, as a separate piece.

For movement 1, CD #1 recording –  (8:00) (Chopin-Liszt Birthday Tribute) - is activated at the start and continues until the movement's end.

For movement 2, CD #2 recording – TRACK 1  (:54) (bird sounds) AND TRACK 2 (:21) (Jolson’s Red Red Robin) is played from a boom-box or other on-stage sound source, only at certain moments. It is usually operated (start and stop) by the percussionist.

Movement 1 commemorates the 200th birthday year of Schumann and Chopin. Fragments of their music are heard throughout the movement.
Movement 2 uses quoted fragments as well, all related to images of a "robin" (the word or the bird).

Comments

 

 Collage Concertante is a two-movement work which uses the a
multifaceted concerto model as its springboard, and also (in a manner
related to visual “collage”) incorporates pre-existing fragments –
musical and otherwise – into its texture. The first movement, Birthday Tribute, began
as a piano piece honoring the bicentennials of Chopin and Schumann
(both born in 1810), and evolved into a miniature neo-Romantic piano
concerto. (The “orchestra” in this instance includes live performers and
recorded sounds.) The entire fabric draws upon quotations – musical and
otherwise – from Robert, Clara, Frederic and George. Round Robin,   on
the other hand, is influenced by the model of Baroque concerto grosso.
In this movement the pianist (having held the spotlight earlier) becomes
a bit player. The other four ensemble members take turns as soloist,
with tutti passages separating each solo section. This format
gave rise to the title “Round Robin,” which in turn led me to use
pre-existing materials related to robins. (Sources range from the
13th-century Adam de la Halle to Edward MacDowell to English folk song
to Al Jolson.)

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“Schwartz, seemingly, is
addressing the anxieties of our own age here in his kindly, humorous
manner.  If the motto of our current time in 2010 is “hope,” he
amplifies it.”
              - Joseph Pehrson, The New Music Connoisseur

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First Perfomance
ACA June Festival 2010
Recording

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Text Language - Non English

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Text Source/Author

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Ensemble Type
mixed instrumental ens 6 to 15 players
Instrumentalist(s) speak or perform text
duo or ensemble+audio playback
duo or ensemble+ keyboard
Genre/Theme

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Files & Media

Audio
schwartzcollageconcertanteexcerpt.mp3
Audio file
Video

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Sample Pages

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Purchase Options
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$29.95 composer's score (with improv cues in color), cadenza and fragments sheet inserts, and CD audio;
$111.95 set of 5 scores/solo inserts with CD audio for performance set (no dealer discount available)
$ contact ACA for PDF edition with audio download price (students and ensembles)
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