Jaap Nico Hamburger

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra

About the work

This dramatic concerto is full of drive, explosive energy and pathos. While reminiscent of great works by Prokofiev and Shostakovich, it is truly a unique work among Canadian piano concertos and modern classical compositions.

SPECS

Duration:

25'

Movements:

I. Adagio
II. Molto Allegro
III. Molto Adagio

Instrumentation:

Wood:
1 Piccolo
2 Flutes (2nd flute doubling as 2nd piccolo)
2 Oboes
Cor Anglais (2nd Oboe doubling as cor anglais)
Clarinet Eb
Clarinet Bb
Bass Clarinet
2 Bassoons
Contra Bassoon

Brass:
Piccolo Trumpet
2 Trumpets in C
4 Horns
2 Trombones
Bass Trombone
Tuba

Percussion:
Tympani (C, Db, D, Eb, E, F, Gb)
Gran Cassa
Snare Drum
Tom-tom
Triangle
Xylophone
Crash cymbals
Tam-Tam (130 cm)
Tubular Bells (2 sets, on opposite side of the orchestra)
Air raid siren (2, on opposite side of the orchestra)
Celesta
Harp

Strings:
Violin I
Violin I I
Viola
Violoncello
Contra Bass

Pianoforte solo

BACKGROUND

Date of composition:

2019

Performances:

Recorded by pianist Assaff Weisman and l’Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal under the direction of Vincent de Kort.

ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Jaap Nico Hamburger writes music that is lyrical, evocative, and strikingly original. The recording of his piano concerto with the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, with pianist Assaff Weisman and conductor Vincent de Kort, was released in August 2020 on Leaf Music, followed by two symphonies in November 2020. His opera Goldwasser is in development, and will premiere in New York in 2021-22. 

Jaap Nico Hamburger is a CMC Associate Composer; President and CEO, Orange Music Inc., a Vancouver music production company; and a Director of City Opera Vancouver. He was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and started his musical education at the age of 3. He studied piano with Ruben Lifschitz, Alexandre Hrisanide and Youri Egorov. He is a graduate from the Royal Sweelinck Conservatorium of Music, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with a soloist degree in piano.

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