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

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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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