Beyond the Brass Gates: Concerto for Violin and Wind Ensemble

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Catalog numbers: 

LKMP R01130/ HL 43868

Duration (minutes): 
23
Detailed Instrumentation: 
Violin Solo: 2+Picc.2.3+Eb Clar+BCl+ContraBCl.2. AATB Saxes: 4.4.3+BTbn.2 Euph.2: Perc(6)
The brass section is formally isolated from the rest of the ensemble, playing "Gates" beyond which lie a series of seven "Realms" depicted by the solo violin, woodwinds, and percussion.  This form owes a great deal to Pictures at an Exhibition and Bluebeard's Castle -- Mussorgsky's promenades and Bartok's keys become Brass Gates which open to display fantasy worlds, the variegated domains ruled by the solo violin.