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Poul Ruders : Studium


Publisher Wilhelm Hansen
Category
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed 1999
Duration
16 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s) 2 Percussion
Orchestration
4.4.4.4/6.4.4.0/str (no violas or celli)
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Full Score(s) KP00899

Programme Note

Poul Ruders STUDIUM: Concerto for 2 percussionsoloists and Orchestra

As indicated in the Latin title STUDIUM, this concerto is a study or etude for virtuoso percussion and orchestra and a composer’s studium of the meticulous and patient building up a huge structure based on a very tight and sparse material. The title originally means and undertaking done with ardour and the wish to strive for the highest possible goal, a natural aim in any artistic endeavour. The orchestra and the soloists work in a body towards the off-centre placed climax, the technical level of the soloists increasing form ensemble status to stupefying virtuosic display, whereas the orchestra maintains its tightly composed surround-sound. What then happens shall remain a surprise.

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