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[Withdrawn, not available for performance.]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. In particular, the percussion soloist needed to perform at virtuoso levels on multiple instruments. Conceptually, much of the time this work pitted the soloist and ensemble against each other as antagonists.

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

In the years after this work premiered, I gained a clearer understanding of the aesthetic issues that engaged me most. As this happened I lost interest in a number of the materials and techniques I had used to compose Chamber Concerto. Eventually this work came to feel so divergent from my long term aesthetic interests that I withdrew it.