Unusual concertos (i.e. concertos for unusual solo instruments and orchestra) have been a topic in this blog in three different incarnations, all now reset to draft. In all cases I defined 'unusual' as anything beyond piano and violin. Let's look at the history of concertos as a bit of background. Until the start of the romantic period, many concertante instruments were used, but in the romantic era, piano and violin really started to dominate the field, accounting for 90%+ of all concertos. The 20th century was another turning point. Although piano and violin concertos were still composed regularly, other instruments were selected as well. In recent decades, this was further extended with many non-Western instruments and electronic instruments coming into the picture. For the third incarnation of this subject, I have focused on the period from 1900 until now. The major change is that I will be excluding groups of players as concertante ensemble, so this time around there will be no concerto for string quartet and orchestra or rock band and orchestra, and so on.
About me: Dutchman, married to a beautiful and highly talented artist from Shanghai. Although my education (PhD chemistry) is very much associated with the left side of the brain, I like to use my right side for my hobbies: music, art, photography.
About this blog: I started this blog in August 2006, just wanting to share what I considered interesting pieces of visual art and music. I suffered from blogging blues for most of 2008, but making a fresh start in October of that year has done wonders for my inspiration. In case you did not notice, most posts end with a small symbol... just click that for the relevant link. All pictures in my blog are hosted on blogger - if some do not show up (the red cross syndrome) it is a blogger hiccup. Right click and selecting "show picture" should do the trick.
About the reconstruction:
End March 2017 I converted thousands of posts to draft, in order to sort out potential copyright issues. Many of these have been restored in the course of the year.
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