Composer - Farr, Gareth

Triple Concerto (Commissioned by Turnovsky Trio and NZTrio 2006) – 25′

Ahi (1998) – 15’

Mondo Rondo (Arranged for NZTrio) – 12′

Forbidden Colours (2015) – 10′

 

Triple Concerto:

On the whole the piece is tonal, displaying noticeable signs of my love for Prokofiev and Shostakovich – especially their orchestral works. All three solo parts are extremely virtuosic: the piano part in particular uses many virtuoso techniques that are found in the Prokofiev piano concertos, and if you watch the pianist youwill see her flying about the keyboard at times. The second movement differs significantly in mood to the outer movements; it is less tonal and is, in fact, more romantic. It features the vibraphone in the percussion section, and has a somewhat eerie feel to it.

As he was writing the concerto, Farr says he came to understand why there are so few triple concertos in the repertoire. ‘With the piano taking the harmony, the violin the melody, and the cello taking a countermelody, there is very little left for the orchestra to do!’ He solved the problem in various ways: ‘I let the trio play as if it was chamber music, there are tutti passages where the trio plays in balance with the orchestra, and then orchestral passages where the trio drops out and the orchestra goes wild!’

Originally commissioned by the University of Waikato in celebration of the opening of the WEL Energy Trust Academy of Performing Arts, in its first incarnation the Triple Concerto was a single-movement work of ‘overture’ score and duration. It was composed for the Turnovsky Trio, who were to be Artists-in-Residence at the Academy. In 2005, Farr received a commission from the New Zealand Trio to expand the concerto into a full-length work.

For more information visit: Gareth’s website

 

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