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This modern-classical 4-movement concerto for violin and orchestra was composed in 2009 and thoroughly revised in 2017. The 1st movement is a rather slow but moving cantilène built on two themes; in the middle section, in which the violin has to sing rather against than with the orchestra, these themes are developed to a climax; than after a loud gong hit, the music cools down again, with at about 7’00” the first theme returning mournfully in the solo violin followed by the flute. The 2nd movement is a marchlike burlesque scherzo. The 3rd movement consists of a slow passacaglia, in which 10 variations are built upon a bass-theme, and a cadenza, that forms a bridge to the finale. The 4rd (and final) movement is a fast rondo, with a swinging theme in 5/8. Please enjoy the digital performance in Sibelius 6 with Kontakt Player Gold. Kevin Riley, Musical Director of the Andover Light Orchestra, Composer, on the former SibeliusMusic website, about the 1st movement: "Warning, craftsman at work. After a haunting introduction Geert introduces a beautiful theme. Using his orchestrating skills to good effect. Back to the solo violin with thin accompaniment for a few bars then darkness returns (maybe a little too much timpani ?). The violin is like a voice trying to rise up from below. Fighting all the way. The horn fanfares a return of the main theme in a different set of musical clothes. Geert develops the theme using solo violin. We then have quite a long section where the orchestra comes to the fore in a restrained but beautiful way. The piece then drifts away, almost floating upwards, to a calm ending. Thanks for sharing this piece with us all Geert."
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Reviews of Concerto in B major for violin and orchestra, Op. 36 - II. Scherzo alla marcia
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