Suitable for Classical concerts.   Duration approximately 20 minutes.  See orchestration.   See printable documents. See performances.   See reviews.  See audio.  See availability.

About Concerto for Brass and Orchestra


Indianapolis Symphony Brass

The "Concerto for Brass and Orchestra" was written in 2014 to celebrate the Indianapolis Symphony's 7th Music Director, Krzysztof Urbanski.  The work was commissioned by the Indianapolis Symphony and co-commissioned by Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, Toshiyuki Shimada, Music Director; the Evansville Philharmonic, Alfred Savia, Music Director; the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Joel Levine, Music Director; and the Omaha Symphony, Thomas Wilkins, Music Director.  The premiere of this work occurred on March 20, 2015 with the Indianapolis Symphony, Maestro Urbanski conducting.

Zach DePue and Jim, Composer

"Mama's Waltz" framed on Zach's wall

The composition was composed to feature the brass section of a symphony orchestra.  The work is in memory of the ISO concertmaster's mother, Linda DePue, who died tragically when the concertmaster, Zach DePue, was only 6 years old.  A melody that Zach DePue wrote as a child in dedication to his mother is included in this work.  This adds a programmatic dimension to this concerto for brass and orchestra.

More detailed program notes can be found below in Documents.

Whether to perform part of the first movement off-stage is completely optional.

Orchestration

1 Piccolo

3 Trumpets in C

2 Flutes (2nd w/ Piccolo) 2 Tenor Trombones

2 Oboes

1 Bass Trombone

1 English Horn

1 Tuba

2 Bassoons

1 Timpani

2 Bb Clarineets

3 Percussion

1 Bass Clarinet

Harp

* 4 Horns in F

Strings

Violin I
Violin II
Viola
Cello
Bass

* If the performing orchestra has an assistent horn they should be used in this piece, and from letter III to the end of the work they should double the first horn part.

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Documents

About the Work

View the above link with Adobe Acrobat Reader.  

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Availability

Please use the information on the contact form to get in touch with us.  "Concerto for Brass and Orchestra" is available for rent from the composer.

Performances

The Indianapolis Symphony, with Krzysztof Urbanski conducting, premiered "Concerto for Brass and Orchestra" on March 20, 2015 at the Carmel Palladium and was repeated at the Hilbert Circle Theater in downtown Indianapolis and in Avon, IN.

The Evansville Philharmonic will perform "Concerto for Brass and Orchestra" on January 23, 2016, with Alfred Savia conducting.

Toshiyuki Shimada will lead the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra in a performance on March 19, 2016.

Reviews

Indianapolis' NUVO, Tom Aldridge:

"The work sparkles with energetic rhythms and tonal colors, some of them suggesting, but not imitating Copland and Bernstein."

Jay Harvey Upstage Blog, March 21, 2015:

". . . the new work significantly honors orchestral brass - trumpets, trombones, horns, and tuba - by spotlighting its expressive and technical capability throughout.  It's a highly effective exposition of the instruments among which Beckel has spent his professional life."

" . . . The dynamic variety in the score is stunning, colorful and virtuosic.  Yet Beckel is careful not to lose touch with the simplicity of a child's inspiration in recalling his absent mother with a tender waltz.

The second movement also packs in quite a lot, but its variety struck me as more frankly charming and companionable. . . ."

"The finale . . .puts a seal on the new work's effectiveness.  Its intended mood of celebration is brilliantly rendered, with the featured brass often given extra ping by mallet percussion.  The sudden hush before the final outburst couldn't be better timed:  Beckel knows how to marshal his forces to the very end, providing moments of relief and reflection where they are most welcome.  Led by music director Krzysztof Urbanski, the premiere performance exhibited love and commitment in every phase."

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Audio

Listen to the SoundCloud tracks recorded by the Indianapolis Symphony.  You might need to wait a few seconds for the sound to start.  And the beginning is VERY soft.

https://soundcloud.com/indianapolis-symphony/sets/concerto-for-brass-and-orchestra