Elliott Carter (1908-2012)
Cello Concerto (2000)
- General information
- Duration: 18 mn
- Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
- Commission: Daniel Baremboim et le Chicago Symphony Orchestra
- Composition date: 2000
- Concertant music [Cello and orchestra]
- soloist: cello
- 3 flutes (also 1 piccolo), 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets (also 1 bass clarinet), bass clarinet (also contrabass clarinet), 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, tuba, 3 percussionists, timpani, harp, strings
27 September 2001
Etats-Unis Chicago, Illinois, Symphony Hall
Yo-Yo Ma : violoncelle et l'Orchestre symphonique de Chicago, direction : Daniel Barenboim.
My Cello Concerto is introduced by the soloist alone, playing a frequently interrupted cantilena that presents ideas later to be expanded into movements. These movements are connected by episodes that often refer to the final Allegro fantastico. In this score I have tried to find meaningful, personal ways of revealing the cello’s vast array of wonderful possibilities.
Commissioned by the Chicago Symphony for the amazing Yo-Yo Ma, who has given outstanding performances of my 1948 Cello Sonata, the score was composed in New York City and Southbury, Connecticut during 2000.
Elliott Carter, 2001.