ComposerDavid Bedford
Instrumentsfrench horn, oboe, violin, viola, cello, double bass and percussion
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Picture of Sheet music  for french horn, oboe, violin, viola, cello, double bass and percussion. Full score and parts for a percussion concerto by David Bedford. Duration 22 mins

The Percussion Concerto was commissioned by the English Sinfonia for Evelyn Glennie, and lasts about 22 minutes.

It is in 3 movements, played without a break. The instruments used by the soloist are divided into categories: metal - simtak (pieces of car exhaust), cowbells; wood - temple blocks and log drums; tom toms and other drums, and plastic - batonka (tuned plastic drainpipes).

The first movement features the batonka, and its other main idea is of gradually changing one instrumental category for another, an idea which reaches its fruition in an extended cadenza.

The second, slow movement is more intimate, with a long melody on the glockenspiel, accompanied by 4 spinning tops, whose sounds give the orchestra their harmonies.

The last movement features fast repeated notes orginally on tom toms and log drums, then taken up by the orchestra. In the cadenza towards the end, the soloist uses rotating instruments (whirly pipe, rotating music boxes) to improvise the cadenza as in classical times. The piece ends with a quiet return to the batonka.

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