Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra
by Michael J. Easton
for Piccolo and Piano
This work was commissioned by Frederick Shade, principle piccolo for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
The first performance of the concerto took place at Music in the Round with Robert Rosen conducting, and since then it has enjoyed a great deal of popularity. The work follows conventional concerto form, a dramatic first movement, melancholic middle movement and a romping ronde for a finale.
The concerto follows the traditional three-movement format. The first movement (Allegro) is approximately 8th Grade (AMEB) Standard, although this depends on how fast you wish to play the Agitato section! The opening of the second movement (Canzone-Andante) is a beautiful melody for the soloist, which then moves into an obligato part with challenges for breath control. This movement is approximately 8th Grade. The third movement (Rondo-Finale) romps along, and a sense of humour permeates this little gem. The short cadenza and coda section is an opportunity for the soloist to display rapid tongueing and technical dexterity.