Piano Concerto no.1 - 2002/3 - rev. 2006
duration 29 minutes

1. Con Fuoco - 2. Romanza - 3. Volante

This work was inspired by a visit to the mountains of northern Spain during the summer of 2002. The composition took place based on the sketches (written quite literally "in the field") over the next six months, being completed just into 2003.

The piece owes much to the 'romantic' piano concerto genre, with relatively straightforward, traditional formal patterns for each movement. The first, lasting 12 minutes, contrasts energetic, rhythmic music with tender reflective interludes. The following Romanza opens statically, but with high emotion barely suppressed. This boils over as the movement develops until an unrestrained cadenza of some length bursts out (almost jumps off the cliff) before an exhausted calm returns. The whirlwind finale features glissandi and moto perpetuo ideas prominently.

The work was given its first two performances by Teppo Koivisto and the Kymi Sinfonietta under Juha Nikkola in Kouvola and Kotka in Finland. The second of these was broadcast by Finnish Radio 1. It was awarded shared 3rd prize in the 1st Uuno Klami Competition in 2004, being selected from over a hundred scores submitted, and given a further prize by the orchestra itself.

Scoring: 2 Flts (/picc), 2 Obs, 2 Clts, 2 Bsns, 2 Hrns, Tpt, Tbn, Tba, 2 Perc, Hrp, Solo Pno, Str

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