Piano Concerto: Passions (2012)

Piano Concerto: Passions was composed during the first half of 2012 in Hampton, Virginia for pianist Eun Kyong Jarrell.

All titles of the movements of this work seek to express the character of the composed music.  The third movement is a reworking of aspects of the opening movement, while the concluding movement provides resolution of the entire work’s dialectical expression.  Finally, the second movement is reflective of expressions of loss, and is the consequence of the preparatory nature of the opening movement.

As to the tonal articulations of the work, a wide range of non-traditional procedures as undergirded by an architectonic form configuration is presented.  Additionally, allowances for recapitulative gestures within a projection of a variety of tense and calm gestures in a postmodern framework are evident.

The work is to be performed attacca.

Harvey J. Stokes
5/31/12
Duration of movements:
I. “ . . . approaching . . . “            ca. 13′ 07″
II. “ . . . sacrifice . . .”                       ca. 8′ 43″
III. “ . . . reaffirmation . . .“            ca. 11′ 30″
IV. “ . . . settlement . . .“                    ca. 8′ 40″
Total Duration: ca. 42′ 00″

Instrumentation
(Solo Piano and Orchestra)
Flute 1, 2
Oboe
Clarinet 1, 2 (B-flat)
Bassoon
Horn 1, 2 (F)
Trumpet (C)
Trombone
Tuba
Pedal Timpani
(Beginning pitches: 30” [E]; 28” [B-flat]; 25” [c]; 23” [d])
Solo Piano
Strings

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