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
More detailed program notes can be found below in
Whether to perform part of the first movement off-stage is
* 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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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.
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.
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
" . . . 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
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."
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.