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Know Your Concertos for Orchestra – Win Tickets to Neikrug Premiere

On Thursday evening, March 26, the New York Philharmonic will debut Marc Neikrug’s Concerto for Orchestra, which was commissioned for the NYPhil last year:

When Alan Gilbert was at Vail with the Philharmonic a couple of summers ago, and Marc Neikrug was Composer in Residence at the Vail Music Festival, they began to discuss the possibility of a commission. The composer thought possibly a wind concerto, but Alan Gilbert said that’s not what he had in mind; he wanted something “with more flash”…something a little more “sparkly.” Neikrug suggested that a concerto for orchestra might fill the bill. Traditional concertos for orchestra (by Bartók, Lutoslawski, for example) tend to highlight sections of the orchestra as virtuoso entities, but rarely pick out individual instruments or players, the way a solo concerto would. By contrast, the present work will build the concerto from multiple layers to show off the Philharmonic: the brilliance of the entire orchestra playing together; sections of the orchestra (e.g., strings, winds, percussion); smaller groups of musicians (a trio of strings, for example); as well as individual players.

You can be there. All you have to do to have a chance to win a pair of tickets is leave a comment below naming a Concerto for Orchestra that is not by Neikrug or Bartok. On Wednesday, I will put all the entries in an empty mayonaise jar from Funk & Wagnall’s porch and pick the winners. I have two pairs.


Comment from Steve Hicken
Time: April 22, 2012, 8:43 pm

I can’t make the gig, so if I win, I want you (Jerry) to donate the tickets as you see fit.


Comment from Armando Bayolo
Time: April 22, 2012, 10:43 pm


Like Steve, I can’t make the gig, so we’ll have to come up with a solution.

Comment from Garrett Schumann
Time: April 22, 2012, 11:05 pm


Would you accept Poul Ruders’ “Concerto in Pieces”? I believe he calls it a concerto for orchestra

also, I can’t be there, just wanted to add to the confusion!

Comment from KMD
Time: April 23, 2012, 12:45 am

Steven Stucky!

Comment from Tim
Time: April 23, 2012, 4:34 am

Er, Lutoslawski…

Comment from Gilbert Quintana
Time: April 23, 2012, 7:46 am

Goffredo Petrassi composed several Concert for Orchestra between 1933 and 1972.

Comment from Robert Poda
Time: April 23, 2012, 10:55 am

There are two that come to mind: Hindemith and Kodaly, which is actually based on the Hindemith.

Comment from Reinaldo Moya
Time: April 24, 2012, 8:14 am

Steven Stucky has 2 of them
Roger Sessions also has a Concerto for Orchestra

Comment from Jay C. Batzner
Time: April 24, 2012, 1:17 pm

Like it or not, Elliott Carter has one!

Please don’t include me in the drawing, though, I can’t be at the concert.

Comment from Jerry Bowles
Time: April 25, 2012, 8:26 am

Hey, Reinado. I couldn’t find your e-mail address but there will be a pair of tickets in your name at the box office on Thursday night.

Comment from Sparky P.
Time: April 25, 2012, 4:36 pm

Then there’s Grazyna Bacewicz’s marvelously succinct Concert for Orchestra, and also Steve Reich’s “Four Sections”, which is a concerto in all but name. (Recusing from tickets as well.)

Comment from zeno
Time: April 26, 2012, 9:06 am

“the present work will build the concerto from multiple layers to show off the Philharmonic”

Does anyone have any opinion on whether or not Birtwistle’s Earth Dances is a concerto in all but name, too? (Or, alternatively, is Theseus Game a double concerto?)

Comment from david toub
Time: April 26, 2012, 4:13 pm

Roberto Gerhard (great piece)

Elliott Carter (not so much-the first chord in the strings is nice, however)

Comment from Reinaldo Moya
Time: April 26, 2012, 10:05 pm

Oh, no! I’m sorry, I didn’t even see the message until now. I’m sorry. Thanks though

Comment from zeno
Time: April 27, 2012, 9:25 am

david, steve and jay already said Carter:)
(That score was a nightmare for me for some years.)

Comment from Tom Moore
Time: April 28, 2012, 1:19 pm

Anton Garcia Abril: Celibidachiana : concierto para orquesta
Roberto Sierra: Concierto para orquesta
Enrique Llacer Regoli: Welleriana : concierto para orquesta, op. 25 : Madrid, marzo de 1993
Antonio Estévez Aponte: Concierto para orquesta
Agustín Charles: Concierto para orquesta
Miguel Ángel Martín Lladó: Concierto para orquesta
Jose María Castro: Concierto para orquesta
Juan J. Colomer: Convergencias – concierto para orquesta
Juan Carlos Zorzi: Concierto para orquesta no. 1
Francisco Nuñez Montes: Concierto para orquesta

Comment from Tom Moore
Time: April 28, 2012, 1:53 pm

Aleksandra Pakhmutova: Kontsert dlia orkestra
Boris Aleksandrovich Arapov: Kontsert dlia orkestra
Andreǐ IAkovlevich Ėshpaǐ: Kontsert dlia orkestra
Sh Chalaev: Kontsert dlia orkestra
Rodion Konstantinovich Shchedrin – 4 concertos for orchestra
Ė Tamberg: Kont︠s︡ert dli︠a︡ orkestra = concerto grosso
Ėduard Nikolaevich Patlaenko: Kontsert dlia orkestra
Giia Aleksandrovich Kancheli: Kontsert dlia orkestra
Mikhail Leontʹevich Starokadomskiĭ: Kontsert dlia orkestra
V. Artemov: Kontsert dlia orkestra

Comment from David Froom
Time: April 29, 2012, 10:15 pm

Robin Holloway — 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Concerto for Orchestra — each one fabulous.