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[#162] August 29, 2022 2001 | Piano and chamber winds | Grade 5 | 15’-20’ | Concerto

American composer Greg D’Alessio

Concerto for piano, winds, and percussion by American composer Greg D’Alessio is our Composition of the Week.

Written in 2001, the concerto has a performance time of 18 minutes. It is structured in two uninterrupted movements.

The instrumentation is: Solo Piano.2222/2221.Percussion (3). Harp

This work has been recorded by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and released in 2016.

Greg d’Alessio received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, and his Masters and Doctoral degrees in composition from Columbia University where he studied with Mario Davidovsky, Fred Lerdahl and George Edwards. Additional studies have included work with Louis Andriessen, Jacob Druckman, Andrew Imbrie, Bernard Rands, Gunther Schuller, and Chinary Ung.

He is currently professor of composition at Cleveland State University, where he is also the coordinator of the electronic and computer music program. Among his honors and awards as a composer are a commission from the Koussevitsky Foundation in the Library of Congress, The Aaron Copland Prize, a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, The Cleveland Arts Prize, 2 Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Awards, the Board of Director’s Prize from the Society for electro-acoustic music (SEAMUS), The Commuinity Partnership for Arts and Culture fellowship, and the Otto Ettinger fellowship to the Tanglewood Music Festival. He has also been granted artistic residencies at the Corporation at Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and The Atlantic Center for the Arts, and Ragdale. His music has been chosen for performance at conferences of the Society of Composers International (SCI) and the Society for Electro-acoustic music US (SEAMUS).

His works have been performed throughout the United States and Europe by such groups as The Da Capo Chamber Players, the Slee Sinfonietta, the Dali String Quartet, Earplay, The Ars Futura Ensemble, The Neo-Tessares Saxophone Quartet, No Exit, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and many others.


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