Piano Concerto

by Joel Järventausta

'the sighing of the winds is softer than ever'

for piano and ensemble (13 players)

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Joel Järventausta

Piano Concerto


The first movement of this three movement concerto for piano and chamber ensemble begins with a slow melancholic chorale. The piano answers the calling of the ensemble and sets out to establish its individual voice. Throughout this movement the piano is a leading voice with the ensemble accompanying its movements.

The first half of the second movement treats the piano very much as part of the overall texture, however a juxtaposition is created through the microtonal inflections of the ensemble clashing with the equally tempered piano. A climactic surge of colour sets in motion an obsessive, repeating piano figuration resolving in a fragile and bare ending.
The third movement sees bell-like chords and gestures accompanying a lonely cantabile melody played by the piano. Scarcely orchestrated, the ensemble provides a soundscape of alien echoes.

The subtitle of the piece - ‘the sighing of the winds is softer than ever’ - is taken from John Muir’s writings on nature (1838-1914). This piece is dedicated to my friend and collaborator Laura Farré Rozada.


Works for Soloist(s) and Orchestra


Laura Farré Rozada (piano), Birmingham Concermporary Music Group NEXT Ensemble, Michael Coleby, cond, January 25, 2019, CBSO Centre, Birmingham

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Dedicated to Laura Farré Rozada


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