Contemporary music : Concerto for Saxophone + Presentation / Laurent Petitgirard

Contemporary music : Concerto for Saxophone + Presentation / Laurent Petitgirard


Laurent Petitgirard : ” I have always been disturbed by the ‘’vocal’’ dimension of the saxophone. Throughout the long years of writing that both my operas needed, I have often caught myself thinking that a concerto for saxophone and orchestra would be a natural work to write as the culmination of a lyric work. After having spent three years devoting myself to the writing of my second opera ‘’Guru’’, I responded positively to the request of the Orchestre de Douai and of Michel Supéra to whom my work is dedicated. I did not want the soloist to play two or three different saxophones. Indeed, I have thought that the constraint about the limits of the saxophone’s tessiture should be considered as an additional stimulus and should enable me to tighten the musical speech and to define in a better way the cyclic aspect I wanted to incorporate into this work. Some sections, notably in the first movement come close to the concept of the concerto grosso by mixing the soloist with the three flutes or the three clarinets. ” www.petitgirard.com END

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  • Classical Music/ /Reference Recording says:

    With the kind permission of Laurent Petitgirard (1950)
    États d’Âme : Concerto pour Saxophone alto et Orchestre
    Click to activate the English subtitles for the presentation (00:00–01:30)
    1er Mouvement (00:00)
    2e Mouvement (07:15)
    3e Mouvement (14:33)

    We particularly like this passage 09:35

    Saxophone Alto : Michel Supera
    Hungarian Symphony Orchestra Budapest
    Music Director : Laurent Petitgirard
    Recorded in 2013

    J’ai toujours été troublé par la dimension ‘’vocale’’ du saxophone. Durant les longues années d’écritures qu’ont nécessité mes deux opéras, je me suis souvent surpris à penser qu’un concerto pour saxophone et orchestre serait une oeuvre naturelle à écrire en point d’orgue d’une oeuvre lyrique. Après les trois années consacrées à l’écriture de mon second opéra ‘’Guru’’, j’ai donc répondu positivement à la demande de l’Orchestre de Douai et de Michel Supéra, auquel cette oeuvre est dédiée.

    Je n’ai pas souhaité que le soliste joue de deux ou trois saxophones différents, estimant que la contrainte des limites de la tessiture du saxophone alto devait être considérée comme une stimulation supplémentaire et me permettre de resserrer le discours musical et mieux définir l’aspect cyclique que je souhaitais introduire dans cette oeuvre. Certains passage, notamment dans le premier mouvement, s’approchent du concept du concerto grosso, en mêlant le soliste aux trois flûtes ou au trois clarinettes. Laurent Petitgirard

    https://www.petitgirard.com/

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  • Marvin X says:

    🎶🎶

  • teddy toto says:

    Very beautiful. I’ve never heard of Petitgirard. After visiting his site, I’m very curious to learn more about his other works, such as the operas John Merrick The Elephant Man (one of my favorite stories), and The Little Prince (by St Exupery, one of my favorite writers). Also his symphonic works and chamber works.

  • Miguel Angel Gonzalez says:

    Bonita mùsica. Me encantò.

  • Anna H. says:

    Bravo ! 👏👏👏
    Merci.

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