Donald Erb – Concerto for Solo Percussionist (1966)

Concerto for Solo Percussionist (1966)

Marvin Dahlgren, percussion

Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Donald Johanos

This work had its initial performance with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Sixten Ehrling, December 29, 1966. The work was completed in August of the same year. At the time of its premiere, the composer supplied the following notes:

“The work is cast in the traditional concerto format of three movements. The solo part is in the eighteenth and nineteenth century virtuoso tradition. The cadenzas in the second and, especially, the third movements harken back to the eighteenth century tradition of having the performer improvise much or all of the cadenza. A variation on this idea was used in the first movement, where instead of having the soloist improvise a cadenza I had the entire orchestra, other than the soloist, improvise it. The orchestra does function in this piece in much more than its traditional role of accompaniment. The individual orchestra parts are, in places, virtuoso passages in their own right.

Every age has produced its great virtuosi. In past eras, we have had great violinists and piano virtuosi. In our time, a new and, I think, peculiarly American virtuoso, the percussionist, has made an appearance. We live in an age of great percussion players, and it is only fitting that virtuoso pieces should be written for them.”

Art by Robert Bechtle

György Ligeti – String Quartet No. 2 Cello (1968)

Recorded at Henry Wood Hall, Trinity Church Square, London on July 13-15, 1994.

Performed by Arditti String Quartet: Rohan de Saram – Cello / Garth Knox – Viola / David Alberman – Violin / Irvine Arditti – Violin

György Ligeti’s String Quartet No. 2 is a string quartet that was composed between February and August 1968.[1] It consists of five movements:  Allegro nervoso Sostenuto, molto calmo Come un meccanismo di precisione Presto furioso, brutale, tumultuoso Allegro con delicatezza It is approximately 21 minutes in duration. It is dedicated to the LaSalle Quartet who gave its first performance in Baden-Baden on the 14 December 1969. [source]

György Sándor Ligeti (28 May 1923 – 12 June 2006) was a composer of contemporary classical music. He has been described as “one of the most important avant-garde composers in the latter half of the twentieth century” and “one of the most innovative and influential among progressive figures of his time”.[1]  Born in Transylvania, Romania, he lived in Hungary before emigrating and becoming an Austrian citizen. [source]

Here is the full concert:

“Now there is no taboo; everything is allowed. But one cannot simply go back to tonality, it’s not the way. We must find a way of neither going back nor continuing the avant-garde. I am in a prison: one wall is the avant-garde, the other wall is the past, and I want to escape.”
– György Ligeti
Said in A lecture at the New England Conservatory in 1993









[Inspired by Viktória Nádas]

Raffaele Gervasio – Muse notturne per soprano, corno, pianoforte (1965)


Raffaele Gervasio is an Italian composer born July 26, 1910 and died July 4, 1994. There are currently only Wikipedia page available in Italian and French (very short). Please translate the page into your language, if you can.