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Alexander Wassiljewitsch Mossolow: Konzert

  • for piano and orchestra
  • 1 1 1 1 - 2 1 1 0 - timp, perc, str
  • Duration: 23’
  • Instrumentation details:
    flute (+picc)
    oboe
    clarinet in A
    bassoon
    1st horn in F
    2nd horn in F
    trumpet in A
    trombone
    timpani
    percussion (triangle, cymbals, tam-tam, military drum, bass drum)
    violin I
    violin II
    viola
    violoncello
    contrabass
  • Composer: Alexander Wassiljewitsch Mossolow
  • Dedication: Herrn N. Malka zugeeignet

Work introduction

There are traces of American jazz in the slow sections of the concerto’s first movement, whereas the con moto parts are evocative of the world of machinery – a favourite subject of cultural interest in the 1920s. The second movement is wonderfully original – swinging theatre music, now abstract, now richly suggestive, in a way Mossolov’s teacher Prokofiev would have liked. The third movement is excited and exciting, its rhythms hugely compelling, rousing and virtuosic.

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