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'Les Boréades' Concerto grosso
for strings, woodwinds, and continuo in F Major
Op. 1, No. 1 (RWV 1.1)
Composer: T.H. Richards (1951–
Form: Concerto Grosso for multiple
soloists and chamber orchestra in three movements.
Style: Neo-Baroque, based upon
the Italianate virtuoso style of the mid-18th century.
Scoring: Concertino group: Alto recorder, traverso, oboe, violin. Ripieno group: Violin, Viola, Violoncello.
The continuo part is notated with bass-figuring throughout.
Where the harpsichord has the solo, the right hand is realised.
In the second movement, the woodwinds
are tacet and the ripieno violin becomes violin II of the concertino
Source: Composer's original
Editorial Category: Urtext edition,
edited by the composer.
Contents: Full score, eight
instrumental parts (58 pages total)
Comments: Conceived in the same
spirit as the Brandenburg concertos,this
neo-Baroque concerto grosso is a virtuoso showpiece in which every
performer is given an opportunity to shine. It is particularly
appropriate for conservatory and professional ensembles, but advanced
amateurs willing to to take the fast movements at a tempo appropriate
to their level of technical skills will find it a rewarding challenge.
Performance Notes: The
first and third movements (allegretto con brio and presto,
respectively) require solid technique from all the soloists in
the concertino group. There are no surprises in the first movement
until measure 35, where the second theme--a syncopated 'inverse
hemiola'--is introduced. In the third movement, the limiting factor
in choosing a tempo will be the triplets starting in measure 77.
The second movement (adagio molto cantabile)is
notated in 8:2 and comprises many long, sustained notes in the
inner voices. It is a richly harmonic contrapuntal string quartet
in which the cello and first violin conduct an exquisite, unabashedly
lyrical musical conversation--a perfect opportunity for string
players to demonstrate their purity of tone.
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