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Krzysztof Meyer's Concerto for Guitar, Tympani and String Orchestra: World Premiere in Poznań

Krzysztof Meyer's Concerto for Guitar, Tympani and String Orchestra will receive its world premiere on 20 August 2011 in Poznań (Posen), Poland during the course of the Guitar Festival of the Polish Guitar Academy. The Concerto, commissioned by the Polish Guitar Academy, will be presented by the guitarist Lukasz Kuropaczewski and the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of the Polish Broadcasting Company under the direction of Agnieszka Duczmal at the Dominikanie in Poznań. There will be a preliminary performance one day prior to the premiere at the Cathedral of Gniezno.

The composer, born in 1943 in Krakow, has dedicated his Concerto to Lukasz Kuropaczewski, who intends to perform the work many times (including in Lodz in mid-November).

Krzysztof Meyer comments on his work as follows:

"I worked on this composition from late 2010 until early 2011. The Concerto is comprised of five symmetrically arranged movements (fast – slow – fast – slow – fast), whereby the final movement has the most weight.

The first movement, a motoric Deciso, is simple and laconic; it serves as an introduction.

The initial theme of the second movement (Dolente) is played by string instruments whereby the soloist completes the theme harmonically. The cantabile character of the beginning gradually assumes dramatic traits, leading to the point of culmination.
In the third movement (Inquieto), a scherzo with an unreal character, the timbre is dominated by pizzicati in various forms and dynamics.

The fourth movement (Lento) is essentially carried by the solo guitarist accompanied by the four tympani in a manner very characteristic of chamber music.

The Finale (Presto) partially refers to the first movement in its character, but the musical material is more complex in the Finale.“

20 August 2011
Poznań (Posen)
Dominikanie Poznań, 8:30 PM
World premiere: Krzysztof Meyer
Concerto for Guitar, Tympani and String Orchestra
Lukasz Kuropaczewski (guitar)
Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of the Polskie Radio
Agnieszka Duczmal (direction)
Commissioned work by the Polish Guitar Academy

Preview performance: 19 August 2011 / Gniezno / Cathedral, 7 PM

 

Copyright of the photo: Polskie Radio

 

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