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A Finale for a Composer-in-Residence

Three years ago, Dan Visconti began as the Young American Composer in Residence for the California Symphony. This Sunday afternoon, their season, and his residency end with a concert that includes the premiere of his cello concerto called Tangle Eye, written for soloist Inbal Segev. The concert also includes Beethoven’s Corolian Overture, and Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony.

A Finale for a Composer-in-Residence

There’s more information at the California Symphony website.

When he began his residency, he was commissioned to write three 10- to 12-minute works for orchestra only over the course of the three seasons. He expanded the parameters last year when he wanted to write Living Language, a guitar concerto for Jason Vieaux. “One of the things that I really liked about this project is that the orchestra was really receptive to me saying, ‘Hey, you know, I have this guitarist, I’m thinking of writing a concerto, and is there any way we could actually get this off the ground?’” He took good use of having the orchestra serve as his laboratory. “We tried a lot of very way-out orchestral techniques, and all kind of textures… so in this concerto for cellist Inbal Segev, it’s a lot more traditional in certain ways. It’s in three-four, the first movement is in B-flat Major…” Inspired by, but not quoting directly American folksongs, including ‘Tangle Eye Blues,’ ‘Shennandoah,’ and ‘Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair’. Visconti says: “This was my attempt at something kind of distilling a lot of the crazy ideas from the last three years, and putting them into maybe the simplest possible expression, instead of the wildest one.”

Written by:
Jeffrey Freymann
Jeffrey Freymann
Published on 09.19.2017