Cello Concerto
for solo cello and ensemble

Owen Underhill
Composition Date: 2016
Duration: 00:25:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Orchestra with Soloist, Misc Mixed Ensemble Soloists

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Violoncello ( Solo )
  • 1 x Chamber orch.
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Programme Note:
The Cello Concerto for solo cello and an ensemble of twelve instruments was written for cellist Ariel Barnes and the Turning Point Ensemble of Vancouver. The work, in three movements, plays with notions of memory and the assemblage and juxtaposition of musical objects of multiple characters and styles. The first movement, entitled The Curio Box was originally written as a separate work, commissioned by Vancouver New Music and premiered in 2014 with Rebecca Wenham as the soloist. Curio Boxes during the Qing Dynasty were ingeniously designed with as many as 48 hidden compartments. On the outside, they are intricately constructed travel cases with decorative panels featuring gold inlay, mother of pearl, carved sandalwood, or painting. The boxes open mysteriously revealing multiple levels and small compartments containing precious objects such as miniature paintings, poems, scrolls, calligraphy, timepieces, jade, porcelain or bronze representing different cultures and historical periods. The idea of the curio box seemed to me quite musical in the way that musical memory often contains musics of different places, timeperiods, and expressions. The movement at first imagines a mysterious exterior which opens to reveal seven different musical objects, concluding with the reassemblage of the box. The second movement The Impossible Return references the opening melody and material which return to the end of the movement in a new way, this time featuring the solo cellist. Our memory of important events in our livesis often rich and detailed but inspite of our wishes or experience, we can never truly return to the same place. The third movement has similarities to the first in its polystylistic approach but in this case the music is assembled in combinations of motives and parts that are layered and played with, continually generating new material and ideas.My thanks to Ariel Barnes and the Turning Point Ensemble for their inspiration and support of this work.

Premiere Information:
Vancouver
Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
5 Jun 2016
Ariel Barnes - cello Turning Point Ensemble
Owen Underhill

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 1350 U55cel
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Orchestra with Soloist, Misc Mixed Ensemble Soloists
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • July 11, 2017
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    119 Pages
    Height: 17 inches
    Width: 11 inches
    Parts page count: 148
    Parts
    Solo Part
    18 Pages
    Height: 11 inches
    Width: 8.5 inches
  • Additional Information:
  • I - The Curio Box
    II - The Impossible Return
    III - The Assemblage

    Commissioned by the Turning Point Ensemble
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