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Concerto for Dorothee

By Drake Mabry

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Concerto for Dorothee composed by Drake Mabry. For Recorder soloist (bass & soprano), violin I & II, viola, violoncello, double bass, luth, harpsichord. 21st Century. Advanced Intermediate. Score. Published by Drake Mabry Productions (S0.10948).

Concerto for Dorothee is a commission by the düsseldorf festival! with funds from the Kunststiftung NRW. It was written for the recorder virtuoso Dorothee Oberlinger and was premiered by her with the Italian ensemble, Sonatori De La Gioiosa Marca at the Dusseldorf Festival! on September 19, 2012. The twelve minute work is in two complimentary movements. The first is a lament inspired by the emotions invoked in Arianna's Lament by Monteverdi. There are moments when the recorder plays alone and other times when it has gentle and quiet accompanying support from members of the ensemble. This plaintiff voice searches for understanding before finding it's response in the final few bars. But the musical material here is only a transformation of the opening bars – the understanding was actually always there. The second movement is a virtuoso perpetual motion with the ensemble commenting on the virtuoso recorder lines much like a Greek choir might have done. But here the interventions occur more in the manner of either lightning bolts or sometimes as a soft breeze. There is musical material shared between the two movements, sometimes as a quote but more often transformed into a new language but always organic in nature. This is a piece that is somewhat of a time machine that mixes the old and new. I have certainly brought some conventions of Baroque practice towards today and taken some of today's practices towards the Baroque. I wrote this while I was in Istanbul playing ney and painting with the ebru technique. That probably explains why this piece is more horizontal (with polyphony) than vertical (with harmony). Knowing the playing of both the soloist and the ensemble, I wrote Concerto for Dorothee throwing all care to the wind and I send my gratitude and appreciation to everyone concerned for joining me in this new adventure. Drake Mabry – July 10, 2012.

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