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Litanies

Concerto for cello and orchestra
cello and orchestra
Product number: LSL 10493
Edition: Performance material

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Julian Anderson’s first cello concerto can be seen as an exploration in the possibilities of the cello, beginning with a Toccata and working through a full range of textures and techniques available to the instrument. The musical material is highly varied and includes unusual tunings as well as diatonic modes which are sharply contrasted.

Following the traditional three movement form, albeit without break, the concerto features a central slow section with lyrical passages exploiting the cello’s singing qualities. A chorale at the end of this section is written in memory of Anderson’s dear friend, the composer/ conductor Oliver Knussen. The faster opening and closing sections contrast this central movement, ending with a lively finale which takes its inspiration from Dance.

Orchestral Cast

2(2.pic & afl).2(2.ca).2.(2.bcl & cl tuned down 1/4 tone).2(2.cbsn)-2.2.1.0-perc(2 sus cym, tub bells, water bell, bell tree, sizzle cym, tam-t, steel drum, b.d., 2 congas, 2 tumbas, claves, anklung, maraca)-hp.pno(synth, pno & hp sounds with 1/4 tone pitch control)-str(10.8.6.6.4 max; 7.5.4.4.2 min)

More Information

Title:
Litanies
Concerto for cello and orchestra
Edition:
Performance material
Awards:
Dec 5, 2022
Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition 2023

Publisher/Label:
Schott Music Ltd., London
Year of composition:
2018 - 2019
Duration:
25 ′
World Premiere:
February 12, 2020 · Paris (F)
Auditorium de Radio France
Festival Présences 2020
Alban Gerhardt, cello · Conductor: Pascal Rophé · Orchestre National de France

Commissioned work :
Commissioned by Radio France, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne.

Technical Details

Product number:
LSL 10493

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    Litanies
    Conductor: Christoph Poppen
    Orchestra: Hong Kong Sinfonietta
    February 4, 2023 | Hong Kong (China, People's Republic) , City Hall, Concert Hall — National premiere
  • Litanies
    Litanies
    Conductor: Clemens Schuldt
    Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
    November 11, 2022 | Glasgow (United Kingdom) , City Halls
  • Litanies
    Litanies
    Conductor: Clemens Schuldt
    Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
    November 10, 2022 | Edinburgh (United Kingdom) , Queen's Hall
  • Litanies
    Litanies
    Conductor: Kazuki Yamada
    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
    June 30, 2021 | Birmingham (United Kingdom) , CBSO Centre
  • Litanies
    Litanies
    Conductor: Kazuki Yamada
    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
    June 30, 2021 | Birmingham (United Kingdom) , CBSO Centre — National premiere
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