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Francis Schwartz: Concerto for Solo Conductor

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Published on Mar 20, 2009

Concerto for Solo Conductor without Orchestra. Premiere performance by conductor Roberto-Juan Gonzalez at the Napa Valley College Theater, May of 2006, part of the Spring Concert by the North Bay Philharmonic Orchestra.

Composer Francis Schwartz has made the Maestro the sole and stellar figure in his latest work. The audience will have the privilege of witnessing the fascinating stick, hand and body movements of the conductor without the distraction or competition of the orchestra. This is the extreme deconstruction of the orchestral concert experience.

Concerto for Solo Conductor makes reference to specific great conductors of the past such as Fritz Reiner, Bruno Walter, Pierre Monteux, Leopold Stokowski, Leonard Bernstein among several others. To properly execute this score, the performing conductor must possess considerable historical knowledge of his professional area and a commanding technique. This is no small task.

Concerto for Solo Conductor is dedicated to the gifted, wise and daring conductor, Dr. Roberto-Juan González.

...An imagined musical landscape...

Beethoven 5th Opening, Toscanini... Mahler 4th Scherzo, Walter... Mozart Marriage of Figaro Overture, Reiner... Stravinsky Rite of Spring, Danse des Adolescents, Bernstein... Debussy, La Mer, End of De laube au midi, Monteux... Schwartz, Papagenos Dream PAPAPAPA Section, with silent audience... Raksin, Laura... Cage, 4'33", Boulez... Brown, Available Forms, Maderna... Revueltas, Sensemayá, opening... Wagner, Tristan, Liebestod climax, Von Karajan... Mussorgsky-Ravel Great Gate of Kiev, Rostropovich...

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