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Universal Edition - Cristóbal Halffter – Concerto

Cristóbal Halffter

Cristóbal Halffter
Concerto

Year of composition: 2014
Scored for: for viola and orchestra
Composer: Cristóbal Halffter
Soloists: viola
Instrumentation: 3 3 4 3 - 4 3 3 1 - perc(4), hp, str(14 12 10 8 6)
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute
3rd flute
1st oboe
2nd oboe
3rd oboe (+c.a)
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
3rd clarinet in Bb
4th clarinet in Bb (+bass cl(Bb))
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
3rd bassoon (+cbsn)
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
4th horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
3rd trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
3rd trombone
bass tuba
1st percussion
2nd percussion
3rd percussion
4th percussion
harp
violin I(14)
violin II(12)
viola(10)
violoncello(8)
double bass(6)
Commissioned by: Geschrieben im Aufrag des Philharmonischen Orchesters Kiel für den Solisten Nils Mönkemeyer.
Duration: 25′
Dedication: Gewidmet Daniel Karasek und Georg Fritzsch als Vertreter des gesamten Kieler Opernhauses, mit meiner Freundschaft und Dankbarkeit.
 
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World Première

Location: Kieler Schloss Kiel / Germany
Date: 07.02.2016
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel
Conductor: Daniel Carlberg
Main Soloists: Nils Mönkemeyer, vla

Work Introduction

Composed in 2014, the Concerto for Viola and Orchestra has two movements and was inspired by a viola solo from Halffter’s opera Schachnovelle (Chess Game), in which the instrument symbolises the loneliness of the imprisoned Dr Berger. Halffter calls the viola a “noble instrument” and maintains that its sound has long fascinated him. Accordingly, Halffter’s concerto sees the viola cover the full range of its expressive power: from virtuoso to very intimate.

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