When I watched the following clip, I knew I had heard the music before — in London, but not for guitars. Next, I posted it on Facebook to see if any of my musician friends and classical music aficionados would race to come to my rescue. He lives in London. He plays the piano and bassoon.
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Movement I The first movement utilises unity, with the main theme being played in unison by the whole string orchestra.
This small kernel of melodic material and movement is then taken and developed throughout all three movements, but most obviously in the first. The way Jenkins has composed this is resonant to composers such as Antonio Vivaldi, with the first movement definitely taking some inspiration from his famous set of concerti: The Four Seasons. The celebration of this baroque sound is heard throughout all three movements.
There is a lot of light and shade throughout, with communication between instruments playing a key part here. Starting together, solo parts begin to emerge and alternate between solo and tutti markings, creating drama and suspense. Jenkins also utilises dynamics to build tension, adding to this idea of dramatic music. Again, the ensemble are playing together, until the solo violin emerges with the main melodic figure. The accompaniment offered by the lower parts does not waver from the opening pulsating rhythms.
Unlike the First Movement, the second is very slow and solemn, creating a very different atmosphere.
The solo violin sings above the accompaniment, highlighting some really heart-wrenching melodies. Movement III The final movement is quick, and emphasises the importance of timbre at the beginning, with there being a mix of pizzicato and arco parts. The jaunty and brash melodic idea is repeated, steadily going through different harmonies for over two minutes. Soon, this idea is developed into a less-harsh style of playing, and one that is very resonant of the first movement.
The ensemble is the soloist for this movement, and everything is played in unison, creating a powerful wall of sound. As aforementioned, with this score being inspired by Andrea Palladio, the harmony and structures are rigid and very mathematical, something that is less-heard of in the 21st Century.
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Karl Jenkins: Palladio: Piano
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Palladio - Piano