Concerto in E for Piano and Orchestra - (2017)
Considering Messiaen's symmetrical modes of limited transposition as found
in his La technique de mon langage musical ("The Technique of my
Musical Language"), the more often used modes beckoned less than did his
sixth, with its intervals: tone, tone, semitone, semitone, tone, tone,
semitone, semitone. Combining this with the most common major and minor
modes yielded much musical material.
work opens in the minor as strings are used to mull over parallel thirds,
around which leaps of the seventh take place, below and above. Thereafter
the solo piano announces the major, and hints at further scalar changes to
orchestra states the first movement's largest theme, leaps of thirds and
sixths making melody in the solo violins, first in the tonic and then in the
mediant. Thereafter the piano take the melody.
jaunty theme for clarinets and piano punctuating with parallel triads states
an associative theme which then returns in a contrapuntal finale.
While the key signature remains in the major, a fugue subject in the tonic
minor begins its rush to close the first of three sections in this concerto.
Major and minor mix with the sixth mode as above, in a happy combination.
piano lingers as the orchestra ends for a moment, and after some invention,
the following variant on the first movement's theme built of thirds and
sixths is stated, as before in major and then minor modes.
slower tempo to allow for fioratura in solo instruments, the solo
violin and then solo clarinet add their voices, the clarinet recalling the
fugue subject in its variation,
work ends with the return of the counterpoint, in the sixth mode per
Messiaen, and then a mixture of major and minor along with a mixture of the
duple 6/8 and triple 3/4 meters combining to lead to an energetic coda.
work ends with a presto section. hurrying to the concerto's
pages, circa 16' 00" - an MP3 emulation of the work is here:
and parts are available as a free PDF download, though any major
commercial performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior
arrangement with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this score.
E for Piano and Chamber Orchestra
Full score - A4 edition