James DeMars’s Concerto for Violin: the process of creating the orchestral reduction

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Kristen Deanna Ironside (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
James Douglass

Abstract: Orchestral reductions for soloist and piano have been used for generations to aid the rehearsal process and expand performance opportunities for concertos. Many do not accurately represent the orchestral score or are not pianistic. As modern composers contribute new concertos to the repertoire, skilled arrangers need to assist them in creating pianistic and accurate reductions. James DeMars’s Concerto for Violin was composed in 2004, and has not yet had a complete reduction created. DeMars has given me permission to take on the reduction, and this paper outlines the process. The orchestra score, recordings, and computer software were all essential tools in shaping the reduction. I noted prominent melodies, rhythms, and textures which formed the basis for the piano part. The product was tested at the piano, edited as needed, and reviewed by the composer.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2016
Collaborative Piano, Music, Reduction, Violin Concerto
DeMars, James, $d 1952- $t Concerto for Violin
Concertos (Violin) $v Solo with piano $v Scores and parts

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