for guitar and orchestra
orch: 2,2,2,2 – 1 perc. – hrp – cel – str.
|Instrumentation:||Guitar solo, 2 flutes (2nd doubles Piccolo), |
2 oboes (2nd doubles English horn); 2 clarinets (2nd doubles bass clarinet)
2 bassoons; 2 horns; 1 percussion; harp, celeste, strings
|Written for:||Luiz Mantovani |
|Commissioned by:||The Israel Sinfonietta Beer Sheva with funds from the Israel Ministry of culture.|
16 October, 2010
The Guitar Concerto (2010) is the fruit of a long friendship with the Brazilian Guitarist Luiz Mantovani. As students in Boston, we frequently imagined how a new concerto for Luiz would sound. When Maestro Doron Solomon, himself an accomplished guitarist has approached me in regard to a new orchestral work for the Beer Sheva Sinfonietta, the guitar concerto idea was enthusiastically accepted.
The Concerto consists of four movements, interconnected. Few motives repeat themselves throughout the work, treated and colored differently from one movement to the other. The orchestra in a way, serves as is an extension of the guitar and not as a contrasting body.
Guitar Concerto was written for Luiz Mantovani and the Israeli Sinfonietta Beer Sheva; Doron Solomon; music director. It s commission was kindly supported by the Israel Ministry for Culture and Sport and by the Adele and John Gray Foundation.