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Anders Koppel : Concerto no. 2 for Saxophone and Orchestra

Publisher Wilhelm Hansen
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed 2003
28 Minutes
Orchestration 3(pic).2+ca.3.2+cbn/
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Full Score(s) KP01449
Solo Part(s) KP01467

Programme Note

Anders Koppel: Concerto no. 2 for Saxophone & Orchestra
My second Concerto for saxophone and ordchestra was written during the autumn 2003 and had its first performance with Benjamin Koppel as a soloist and Odense Symphony Orchestra conducted by Nicolae Moldoveanu. The solo part was written directly for my son, Benjamin, with whom I have worked on several projects, among them my compositions for his chamber-ensemble “Mad Cows Sing” and in our common trio. The saxophone part is partly written, partly open for improvisations, so the concerto picks up the thread from the baroque and roccoco concerto, where improvisations and free embellishments was a natural part of the soloist’s vocabulary. The concerto is in one sequence, but this sequence is clearly divided into four movements in a classic form – fast, slow, scherzo, finale – but the thematic content in the first and the last movement is related.
Anders Koppel


  • “Anders Koppel’s easily recognizable, filmic narrative form coloured his “Second Saxophone Concerto”, where camouflaged Argentinian tango and Cuban music flowed together with classical and funky swing into a cacophonous, languishing and thriller-like city music ... the orchestra played with consistent brilliance – not least in the wondrously beautiful slow movement and in the subsequent large “infusion” – and on the whole looked as if they relished the composer’s challenges...”
    Lene Kryger, Fyns Stiftstidende, 31/01/2004


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