DAVID GOLIGHTLY: Flute Concerto. Orchestra of the Square Chapel, Soloist Stuart Coldwell Conductor Lawrence Killian. Not so long ago the prospect of a new composition, a piece of “contemporary” music in an orchestral concert such as last night’s would have filled most members of the audience with apprehension, if not dread. How times have changed. Recent generations of composers have turned away from atonal astringencies and are actually communicating with concertgoers again. This was certainly the case with the main item on last night’s programme by the enterprising Orchestra of the Square Chapel. Already notable for unusual repertoire it now had a world premiere to offer. This was the “Concerto for Flute” by the Cheshire composer David Golightly and while it was an undoubted challenge for soloist, orchestra and for conductor Lawrence Killian, it presented the audience with no barrier to enjoyment. Not that the concerto was a piece of easy listening. Its three, ambitious movements had material that ranged from spiky, modern rhythms to plangent passages based on ancient modalities. The composer was aiming at and frequently achieved a spiritual dimension, especially in the slow central movement. Elsewhere the orchestra was used to provide a pulsating rhythmic platform for the solo flute’s leaping phrases. The final movement was tantamount to a concerto grosso for flute and tuned percussion. In this the excellent performance throughout by flautist Stuart Coldwell was matched by fine playing on vibraphone and xylophone by Graham Butcher and Ronan McKee. Not only was the concerto a premiere, it was, the composer informed us, the first time an established English orchestra had played any of his original music. William Marshall Halifax Evening Chronicle Flute Concerto Three Movements. Orchestral Version Hire only Flute/Strings/Harp/Celeste/Timpani/Percussion (2 Players) Available as piano reduction. Duration 30minsMovement One Extract (1217kb)
Trumpet Concerto Three Movements. Orchestral Version Hire only Trumpet/Strings/Single Woodwind/Timpani/Percussion (2 Players) Available as piano reduction. Duration 30minsMovement One Extract (1017kb)
Contents. 1 Movement one Con Energico. “The Lord created mountains for the brave to climb” 2 Movement two Con unmore Burlesco “What is a Sunrise but the smile of God” 3 Movement three Deliberato Distinto “Beauty is truth, truth beauty, that is all you know, and all you need to know”Movement One Extract (818kb)
The Bassoon Concerto is the fifth in a series of concerto being created for every orchestral instrument. Dedicated to Trevor Snowdon in recognition of his support and encouragement, it is a substantial three movement work for chamber orchestra and bassoon. Duration 11 minutes. The three movements are Movement one Con Energico Movement Two Amorevole Sonore. Movement Three Giocoso Con Ritmo.
Chamber orchestra requirements Solo Bassoon Timpani Percussion two players. Xylophone. Vibraphone. Suspended Cymbals. Snare Drum. Harp Celesta. Strings. Available as a piano reduction.
Movement One Extract (607kb)