Concerto for Cello No 1


cello and orchestra
Solo Instruments with Orchestra, Cello
2(=picc).afl(=picc) - 4231 - timp - perc(2/3): 9 tom-t/2 conga/3 BD/5 susp.cym/2 siz.cym/ch.cym/cyms/4 tam-t/6 tuned gong/3 bell plates/t.bells/bell tree/crot/mar/xyl/2 glsp/boobams/steel drums - pno(=cel) - harp - strings (min
Commissioned by the BBC
First Performance
10.9.84, BBC Promenade Concert, Royal Albert Hall: BBC Symphony Orchestra/David Atherton/Alexander Baillie

Facsimile score 0-571-50836-7 on sale, parts for hire

Programme Notes
Colin Matthews Cello Concerto, Op 27 I have long wanted to write a concert for cello – it is so much my favourite solo instrument – that several years ago I started planning a Double Concerto for two cellos. But in the end I settled for one. I have attempted to make the soloist’s role a less dominant one that is customary in a concerto. That is not to say that it is any less important: but soloist and orchestra are conceived as equal partners in advancing the musical argument, so that the cello sometimes assumes the part of commentator rather than protagonist. Colin Matthews

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