About the Concerto for Cello and Orchestra

When Sébastien Lépine asked me to compose a concerto for cello and orchestra, I quickly realized that the commission offered a unique opportunity to compose for a young, talented musician at the start of his career. His skills as a performer also provided motivation and even a source of inspiration, since I could anticipate the direction he would take.

The concerto lasts approximately 25 minutes and uses a conventional 2222-2200-timp. and strings orchestra, making it easy to program by a standard symphony orchestra. In addition, none of the accompanimental passages requires more rehearsal time than other similar works.

To make maximum use of the possibilities of the solo cello, the colourful and inventive musical discourse supports some striking musical ideas. The orchestra and soloist use a comprehensible musical language of great sensitivity. The orchestral writing is balanced and uncompromising, generating a range of impressions as shimmering colours weave a captivating fabric of sound.

Gilles Bellemare
composer

 

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CONCERTTO POUR VIOLONCELLE ET ORCHESTRE