Chamber Concerto

for percussion soloist and ten winds


17 minutes

[Withdrawn, not available for performance.]

Instrumentation: percussion soloist (xylophone, marimba, vibraphone, and non-pitched instruments), flute/piccolo, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, piccolo trumpet, trumpet, and trombone

Premiere: Larry Snider, percussion soloist
American Composers Ensemble
April 20, 1975, Urbana, Illinois
Thomas Siwe, conductor

I. Andante con moto
II. Scherzo
III. Adagio
IV. Theme and Variations

Composer Notes: Chamber Concerto challenged the performance skills of the whole ensemble. But in particular, the percussion soloist had to perform at virtuoso levels on multiple instruments. Much of the time, the work’s dramatic concept pitted the soloist and ensemble against each other as antagonists.

The music for this work was rhythmically complex, highly dissonant, and highly chromatic. In many passages the music sounded atonal and non-metric. In other places it sounded ambiguously tonal and complexly metric.

In the years after this work premiered, I lost interest in most of the materials and techniques I had used to compose it, and I eventually withdrew it.