Badings, Henk

Henk Badings is one of the great composers of the twentieth century, according to the musicologist Leo Samama. Samama describes him as “a versatile artist who apparently could effortlessly go ...

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Concerto : per orchestra, 1982 / Henk Badings

Publisher: Amsterdam: Donemus, cop. 1983
Publisher's number: 03787
Genre: Orchestra
Subgenre: Orchestra
Instruments: 2fl fl(pic) 2ob eh 3cl cl-b 2fg cfg sax-a 4h 3trp 3 trb tb timp 4perc hp str
Remarks: Opgedragen aan Ru Sevenhuysen. - Tijdsduur: ca. 21'
Duration: 21'00"
Year of composition: 1982
Status: fully digitized (real-time delivery)

Scherzo presto
Elegia passionata
Program note (English): The Concert for Orchestra by Henk Badings was written in 1982, at the instigation of Ru Sevenhuysen and was intended for the 25th anniversary of the Regional Youth Orchestra. The skills of this orchestra are of such a nature, that the composer hardly needed to impose technical restrictions when composing. There are four movements. Part I is an introduction. From an allegoric mixture of mobile string motives, a bass-outlined and woodwind harmony resounds, while developing rhythmically to a significant middle-episode. These disappear with crossing sounds in an allegoric mixture, which then evaporates. Part II is a scherzo presto. Against an ostinato rhythm a capricious theme develops into a contra-fuga. Later this is enlarged, sounding as a cantus firmus. Also this part fades away at the end in so-called Fawcett-harmonics. Part III: elegia passionata is the slow main movement. A widely sung elegiac melody is played by all strings, and mainly accompanied by horns. The melody
becomes gradually more mobile and leads to a dynamic peak, where in the tumult, horns and tuba, and later trombones and trumpet, come to the foreground as an exclamation. Then the atmosphere of the beginning returns. Part IV: The finale is Quodlibet. All kinds of themes and rhythmical figures appear alternatively against and next to each other, polyrhythmic, frequently, also forming a latent polymetric structure. In spite of all these complications the finale has a playful character. - HENK BADINGS

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