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Boosey & Hawkes (Hendon Music)

This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.


World Premiere
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Asko Schoenberg Ensemble / Oliver Knussen CBE
Composer's Notes

My Asko Concerto for sixteen players features each one of them participating in one of the following groups—two trios, two duos, a quintet or a solo. These six sections are framed by the entire group playing together. Although the music is in lighthearted mood, each soloistic section approaches ensemble playing in a different spirit.

The score was commissioned by the Dutch Asko Ensemble from Amsterdam that has performed so many of my works. It was composed largely during January 2000 in New York City.

— Elliott Carter, 2000

Asko Concerto is dedicated to Asko Ensemble NL, commissioned by the Eduard van Beinum Foundation, Hilversum, The Netherlands.

Reproduction Rights
This program note can be reproduced free of charge in concert programs with a credit to the composer.

Recommended Recording

Asko Ensemble/Oliver Knussen
Bridge Records 9177

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