Piano Concerto No. 2 (Glass)

The Piano Concerto No. 2 was written by Philip Glass in 2004. It is called the Piano Concerto No. 2: After Lewis and Clark, due to its musical representation of the American pioneers. It was composed for the Nebraska Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission, the Lied Center for Performing Arts, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, it is included as one of the concerti in Glass' Concerto Project, a four-volume collection of commissioned works. The work itself deals with the journey of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, interpreting the stages of their expedition progressively in each movement; the work is scored for the following Classical-size orchestra: One Native American flute, one clarinet, one oboe, one bassoon One trumpet, two horns in F Bass drum, snare drum, tambourine Strings and solo pianoNote that this orchestration is small-scale in comparison to much of Glass' other symphonic work. The work is in the standard three-movement concerto format, with the traditional fast-slow-fast tempo changes.

As he discussed in regard to his earlier Violin Concerto, Glass did not use the conventional format as a cession to tradition, but rather as a tool for depiction of the specific concerto theme. The opening movement begins with a broad statement by the piano and orchestra, working in unison to form a collaboration of orchestral minor chords and a whirling series of piano triplets shifting between minor and major modes; the agitated introduction settles onto a simple but expressive main theme punctuated by the tambourine. After a short while the piece quietens into a quick piano solo, which soon develops into a mellow exchange between the piano and woodwinds; the movement builds in intensity with characteristic Glass octave leaps into a rhythmic and repetitive climax sponsoring a calling trumpet supported by shifting piano undertones. The climax declines until the snare and piano share two major-key progressions, signalling a short but fluid exit of instruments; the last to leave are the strings.

Glass wishes to convey a sense of structure and order, symbolizing the resolve of travelers. The second movement is characterized by a soft flute theme representing Sacagawea, the Native American girl who aided the travelers during the harsh winter during their trek through the United States midwest; the movement opens with piano repetitions. This shifts into a mild, playful exchange in which the piano and flute form a quick duet. Abruptly ending, the climax turns into a recapitulation of the original "Sacagawea" theme; the second part concludes with the lonely flute performing long, simple notes, the piano playing indiscernible C major chords. The second part is only scored for flute, snare and piano. Not only does Glass attempt to make an audible representation of Sacagawea, but he makes a clear effort to emphasize the relationship between the figures; the times of playfulness are distinct from those of sombre exchange. The second movement is notable in that it shows a distinct change in Glass' style, a statement supported by the fact that the piano mentions the characteristic triplet construction used by Glass in most of his work only once.

The final movement begins quietly. All of the instruments excluded from the preceding movement are reintroduced. After a series of sullen string lengths, as well as quick woodwind undertone, the piano enters the movement uncommonly late-more than two minutes into play. After some time, the work begins to escalade until it reaches a climactic moment in the concerto, a point of unforeseen energy and enthusiasm; this is recapitulated multiple times before the movement reverts to its original minor mode introductory material. The concerto finishes with piano solo, sadly playing low F minor chords; the final part of the work is its most important. Glass comments: "I wanted this final movement to reflect the expanse of time - what the land was before the expedition and what it became after." Glass emphasizes progression in this movement. The concerto premiered in 2004 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Nebraska; the pianist was Paul Barnes. Playing the prominent flute part of the second movement was R. Carlos Nakai.

The Omaha Symphony Orchestra provided for the rest of the scoring commands. The premiere was a success, due to its youth as a concerto, the work has not received the full scope of musical attention given to that of Glass' earlier work. Part of The Concerto Project The Concerto Project is a s

Fowsiyo Yusuf Haji Adan

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