Konzert für zwei Klaviere

for two pianos and orchestra

Description

First performance: 9 March 2008, Cologne
Symphony Orchestra WDR,
Conductor: Stephan Ashbury
GrauSchumacher piano duo

 

The Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra is a reworking of CAP-KO, written in 2005. That work was commissioned for the 125th anniversary of Béla Bartók´s birth by five European orchestras: Musica Viva Festival Munich, Suisse Romande, French Radio Philharmonic, Amsterdam´s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. The world premiere of CAP-KO was given by pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard in Munich, on January 26, 2006.
I revised the score for two acoustic pianos in 2007, this version (“Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra“) was premiered in Cologne on March 9, 2008, by soloists Andreas Grau and Götz Schumacher and the West German Radio Orchestra under the direction of Stefan Asbury.

The five-movement concerto is an homage to Béla Bartók, with specific reference to two important characteristics of Bartók´s music: his frequent use of parallel scales and his fondness for the combination of piano with percussion.

Synopsis

The first movement opens with a trio of snare drums, on the left, the right, and the middle. The pitch produced by the drums varies according to the exact spot where the stick hits the drum. In this way, I composed a three-part “melodic” counterpoint for drums. As the soloists and the orchestra enter, this counterpoint expands in range and becomes highly diversified in timbre. Towards the end of this section, the rapid sixteenth-note runs of the strings make an unmistakable allusion to Bartók by recalling the last movement of the Concerto for Orchestra.

Performances

18 Nov, 2013
Düsseldorf, Germany

Eötvös: Konzert für zwei Klaviere

Düsseldorf Sinfonieorchestra
conductor: Andrey Boreyko
Piano: Andreas Grau, Götz Schumacher

17 Nov, 2013
Düsseldorf, Germany

Eötvös: Konzert für zwei Klaviere

Düsseldorf Sinfonieorchestra
conductor: Andrey Boreyko
Piano: Andreas Grau, Götz Schumacher

15 Nov, 2013
Düsseldorf, Germany

Eötvös: Konzert für zwei Klaviere

Düsseldorf Sinfonieorchestra
conductor: Andrey Boreyko
Piano: Andreas Grau, Götz Schumacher

5 Jul, 2012
Wiesbaden, Germany

Eötvös: Konzert für zwei Klaviere, Levitation

SWR Orchestra, Stuttgart

22 Jun, 2012
Stuttgart, Germany

Eötvös: Konzert für zwei Klaviere, Levitation

SWR Orchestra

21 Jun, 2012
Stuttgart, Germany

Eötvös: Konzert für zwei Klaviere, Levitation

SWR Orchestra

11 Jan, 2010
Berlin, Germany

Eötvös: Konzert für zwei Klaviere

Konzerthaus Berlin

Bayerisches Staatsorchester
Cond: Kent Nagano
Andreas Grau, Götz Schumacher piano duo

10 Nov, 2009
Munich, Germany

Eötvös: Konzert für zwei Klaviere

Nationaltheater München, Germany

Bayerisches Staatsorchester
Cond: Kent Nagano
Andreas Grau, Götz Schumacher piano duo

9 Nov, 2009
Munich, Germany

Eötvös: Konzert für zwei Klaviere

Nationaltheater München, Germany

Bayerisches Staatsorchester
Cond: Kent Nagano
Andreas Grau, Götz Schumacher piano duo

15 Jan, 2009
Chemnitz, Germany

Eötvös: Konzert für zwei Klaviere

Composer portrait

14 Jan, 2009
Chemnitz, Germany

Eötvös: Konzert für zwei Klaviere

Composer portrait

26 Apr, 2008
Cleveland, USA

Eötvös: Konzert für zwei Klaviere

Cleveland Orchestra

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano
Tamara Stefanovich, piano

24 Apr, 2008
Cleveland, USA

Eötvös: Konzert für zwei Klaviere

Cleveland Orchestra

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano
Tamara Stefanovich, piano

9 Mar, 2008
Cologne, Germany

Eötvös: Konzert für zwei Klaviere und orchestra

WDR Orchestra Cologne

Conductor: Stephan Ashbury
Andreas Grau, Götz Schumacher, piano

Details

Genre:
Duration:
20 minutes
Date:
2007

Publisher information

Orchestration     

TITLE Dur. Soloists & choir fl ob cl bcl bn   hn tpt tbn tba   perc pf hp   vn1 vn2 va vc db Other Tech
Konzert für zwei Klaviere
Concerto
20'2pf22212 2222 320 108664sax,​cel

2 fl., 2 ob., 2 cl., 1 basscl., 1 sax., 2 bsn, 2 hr, 2 trp., 2 trb., 2 tubas, 3 perc., celesta
Strings: 10-8-6-6-4

Technical information

Percussion instrument photos:

African Bean Rattle

Chinese Cymbal 

Indian Bells

For detailed information please contact:

Peter Eötvös Composition Studio
studio@eotvospeter.com

Sound

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