Sunday, December 08, 2013

Unusual concertos [60]: iPad

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 sixtieth concerto deals with the iPad (image source) as one of the most unlikely concertante instruments. Still, composer Ned McGowan composed a substantial 25 minutes concerto for the tablet and orchestra, utilizing eight apps with graphical interfaces where one can control sound through gestures on the touchscreen (more information here). The linked excerpts of a performance of the concerto (Keiko Shichijo on the iPad with the Sinfonia Rotterdam, conducted by Conrad van Alphen) can be found on YouTube.

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