Friday, September 27, 2013

Unusual concertos [56]: Electronic valve instrument

Before the purge of end 2008, one of the most popular topics of this blog was "Unusual concertos", classical concertos for all kinds of instruments and orchestra. I have decided to revive this, aiming for less familiar composers in general. In its original incarnation, I came to 40 different concertante instruments - realizing 50+ this time.

The fifty-sixth concerto deals with the electronic valve instrument (image source), which was developed by Neil Styner around 1975. Its main use so far has been in jazz/rock and new age recordings, but Maurice Jarre (best known for his movie soundtracks) composed a concerto for it. This is available on a BBC CD, in a performance by Neil Styner himself with the BBC Concert Orchestra under the composer.

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