compositions

Piano Concerto No.3

2017

34′

Music by Philip Glass

CAST:
solo piano and string orchestra

COMMISSION:
A Far Cry – World Premiere

Manitoba Chamber Orchestra – Canadian Premiere
Anne Manson, Music Director
January 23rd, 2018, Westminster Church, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Butterman, Music Director
Funded by Cassidy and John Leeburg & Joan and Bill Nagel
Erie Philharmonic
Daniel Meyer, Music Director

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
Christopher Zimmerman, Music Director

Las Vegas Philharmonic
Donato Cabrera, Music Director

Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra
Edward Polochick, Music Director

New Century Chamber Orchestra – West Coast Premiere
Funded by Miranda Heller & Mark Salkind

Oregon Bach Festival
A department of the University of Oregon

Princeton Symphony Orchestra
Rossen Milanov, Music Director

Shreveport Symphony Orchestra
Michael Butterman, Music Director

wcfsymphony
Jason Weinberger, Artistic Director and Conductor
Partially funded by the wcfsymphony Inspiration Fund

PREMIERE:
September 22nd, 2017, Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston MA with Simone Dinnerstein and A Far Cry

NOTES:
Written for pianist Simone Dinnerstein who is universally known for her interpretations of Bach, in 2016 Dinnerstein met Philip Glass at his home and performed music by Schubert and some of Glass’ piano pieces on the composer’s piano. Around this time Dinnerstein had started performing with the virtuoso chamber orchestra A Far Cry in Boston. Shortly afterwards, Glass was awarded the Glenn Gould Prize, Canada’s highest musical honor, and at the celebratory concert Dinnerstein performed Glass’ piano etudes. It was upon seeing the magical transaction that Dinnerstein had with the public it became an inevitability that Glass would compose a new piano concerto for her.

The collaboration between Dinnerstein and A FAR CRY continued in the intervening time, and in late 2017 all parties reunited in Boston for the world premiere of Piano Concerto No.3 (for piano and strings) that took place on 22 September 2017 on an entire program which paired the music of Bach and Glass. A few days later, the new concerto was recorded along with Bach’s Keyboard Concerto No.7 in G minor, BWV 1058 in Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Mass., a hall known for its famously warm acoustic and was released on Orange Mountain Music in May 2018.

PUBLISHER:
Dunvagen Music Publishers
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