Henryk Mikołaj Górecki’s Concerto for Harpsichord (or Piano) and String Orchestra Op. 40 () was commissioned by the Polish Radio for. Harpsichord Concerto. op. 40 (). for harpsichord (or piano) and string orchestra. Duration: 9′. Scoring. if harpsichord solo: strings () if piano solo. A harpsichord concerto is a piece of music for an orchestra with the harpsichord in a solo role for Harpsichord and Chamber Orchestra (); Henryk Górecki – Harpsichord Concerto (); Walter Leigh – Concertino for Harpsichord and.
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After pushing one end of the cncerto with three slow movements in his Symphony No. This sparkling piece lasts about nine minutes and consists of two fast movements, both centering around D.
The harpsichord is accompanied by a small string orchestra; if the solo part is played on piano, the strings are expanded to compensate. The first movement consists of a long, slow melody harpsichodr the strings in octaves, ornamented by continuous figuration in the solo part. Each new phrase is signaled by a rising flourish on the keyboard, and the melody and the obbligato patterns feature much repetition.
Henryk Mikolaj Górecki – Harpsichord Concerto (), 40 – Music Sales Classical
The music stays in the Aeolian mode minor concreto a contrasting middle section breaks in. At that point, the keyboard figuration shifts to a more chromatic pattern, creating oppositional tension with the strings, which shift to harmonized thirds, though remaining rooted in the minor mode.
The return to the original material carries the harpskchord through to the end; the phrases eventually become quite fractured, finally landing up on a sustained major triad to finish. The second movement is dance-like, with a jaunty melody being passed back and forth between the soloist and the strings. The D major sonority is contrasted with blocks of material set of contrasting, more complex, sonority.
The two forces eventually come together, the harpsichord playing off against ostinatos and other kinds of material in the strings. The duple, dance rhythm carries right through, but there are various kinds of sonorities making brief appearances, including sliding sounds in the strings, and chromatically descending sequences in the solo part.
A final resolution on the tonic triad closes the piece, with one fleeting reference to the first movement to set up the final cadence.
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