For double woodwind, two horns, two trumpets, three trombones, timpani/whip/triangle/tambourine/bass drum (one player) and strings.
Duration: about half an hour
My Piano Concerto was broadcast on Friday, July 8th 2016, on BBC Radio 3. The programme is no longer available on iPlayer, but you can buy the CD!
Here’s a review of the piece, translated from Le Bac du Disquaire
James Lyon writes:
‘I am delighted to turn once more to that great musical personality, David Owen Norris. He plays his own Piano Concerto, an important score, with extraordinarily imaginative mastery. His programme note is just as exemplary – let’s not forget that he’s also an eminent pedagogue, a musicologist and a brilliant broadcaster. He considers music from the point of view of drama, so for Norris, Concerto is a dramatic form. A genuine debate develops between the soloist and the orchestra, giving this classic form an exciting relevance to our own times. This is precisely Norris’s genius: he works within known forms, to which he always brings new energies, growing from a deep reflection that transcends art. Culture, imagination and a spirit of synthesis feed a particularly inspiring voice, at once new and and yet spontaneously comprehensible, as if his music merged itself with myth. Certainly, music is a “myth in sound”, but not all composers can live up to its demands. David Owen Norris, yes. This release from BBC Radio 3 is a Godsend, bringing joy, comfort, depth and light.’
And here’s a comment from a novelist friend:
‘I was very warmed to find that your argument between piano and orchestra led towards optimism. Early on, there seemed to be a trace of strop, later it seemed to be consoling, and even wise. But at all times it was very rich in themes. And to be very pompous, every now and then I saw silver beams and lakes of stillness and calm. Also (on one hearing only) it seemed to me that many of the themes came together in the final movement, and they led to… joy. There. That’s what happens when entirely un-musical people listen to piano concertos.’