Concerto for contrabass and orchestra
Eduard de Boer
Product ID SON00000041
Composer Eduard de Boer
Duration 17:00 min
Genre Classical
Instrumentation Symphony orchestra, With soloist
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Concerto for contrabass and orchestra

Concerto for contrabass and orchestra

SKU SON00000041
Composer Eduard de Boer
Genre Classical
Instrumentation Symphony orchestra
With soloist
Free description Contrabass and symphony orchestra
Grade 5
Duration 17:00 min
Year 2019

Score + Parts

€ 179,00


€ 25,00

Program Notes

Contrabass and symphony orchestra

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With this contrabass concerto a wish dating from my student years has become reality. Henk Guldemond, at the time leader of the Concertgebouw Orchestra’s contrabass section, invited me to discuss with him the possibilities of the contrabass and of a concerto for this instrument. In the end, this didn’t amount to anything, but the idea remained in the back of my head; together with the intention to start a future contrabass concerto with a piccolo solo.

More than 25 years after this conversation, the idea was realized after all. I suggested writing a concerto for contrabass and wind orchestra to contrabassist Peter Leerdam – at the time a fellow student of mine – and to conductor Sef Suylen and wind orchestra ‘Sint Jan’ from the Dutch town of Wierden. The idea was received so favourably, that a commission could be realized, owing to great efforts on the part of Sint Jan’s and to benevolent grants from the Rabobank Noord-West Twente , the foundation for amateur music ‘De Kunstfactor – Unisono’ and the foundation ‘De Noaber van Wierden’.

The composition is in one movement and largely monothematic. The music has been cast into a sonata form, with a short Adagio inserted between the exposition and the development and a cadenza for the solo instrument halfway the recapitulation. I made grateful use of a number of ideas and suggestions of Peter Leerdam.

In April of 2019, I took some time off in order to transcribe the concerto for contrabass and symphony orchestra. I used the opportunity to improve some bridge passages at the same time.

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