Cello Concerto

Geoffrey Burgon (1941)

Cello Concerto 2009

1122 - 2210 - perc(3) - harp - strings
Duration 
21
Solist 
Genre 
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As I was writing this piece I gradually became aware that the music was quite unconsciously being influenced by music from the ‘film noir’ movies that I’d seen in my youth. Having realised this I began to view the soloist as a protagonist in such a film, being hunted and pursued through dark streets on a rainy winter night. In the slow movement, the scene changes to a threatening forest, and in the final movement returns to an urban setting, until the pursued is finally ‘released’ and enters a kind of Hollywood heaven.

Geoffrey Burgon

Performances 
21.7.11 St John's Smith Square, London: Josephine Knight/City of London Sinfonia/Rumon Gamba
1
Flute
1
Oboe
doubling cor anglais
2
Clarinet
2nd bass clarinet
2
Bassoon
2nd contrabassoon
2
Horn
2
Trumpet
1
Trombone
3
Percussion
1
Harp
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