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Concerto for iPad and orchestra
"Rotterdam Concerto 2"

(2012)

Concerto for iPad and orchestra

Instrumentation:
1-1-1-1
1-1-1-0
1 percussion
piano
strings (4-4-3-3-1 minimal)
solo iPad

apps: Geo Synth, Bowls HD, TC-11, TapStereo, Monolith LOOP, MadPad, SampleWiz and Animoog.
 
Duration: 25', 
3 movements

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PREVIOUS PREFORMANCES:
March 8, 2016
Teatro Pedro Calmon, Setor Militar Urbano, Brasilia, Brazil
Performed by Orquestra do Teatro Nacional Claudio Santoro
Rafael Ribeiro - iPad
Claudio Cohen - conductor

October 15, 2015
De Doelen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Performed by Sinfonia Rotterdam
Keiko Shichijo - iPad
Conrad van Alphen - conductor

October 15, 2015
De Doelen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
School concert
Performed by Sinfonia Rotterdam
Keiko Shichijo - iPad
Conrad van Alphen - conductor

September 14, 2013
Whitehead Auditorium, Valdosta, USA
Performed by Valdosta Symphony Orchestra
Keiko Shichijo - iPad
Howard Hsu - conductor

September 12, 2013
Whitehead Auditorium, Valdosta, USA
School concert
Performed by Valdosta Symphony Orchestra
Keiko Shichijo - iPad
Howard Hsu - conductor

October 19, 2012
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Performed by Sinfonia Rotterdam
Susanna Borsch - iPad
Conrad van Alphen - conductor

October 18, 2012
De Doelen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Performed by Sinfonia Rotterdam
Susanna Borsch - iPad
Conrad van Alphen - conductor

October 16, 2012
De Wereld Draait Door, Dutch television
Performed by Sinfonia Rotterdam
Susanna Borsch - iPad
Conrad van Alphen - conductor

June 1, 2012
De Doelen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Performed by Sinfonia Rotterdam
Keiko Shichijo - iPad
Conrad van Alphen - conductor
 

Five questions from De Doelen Rotterdam for composer Ned McGowan:

1.     A concerto for orchestra and… iPad! What can we expect?

You can expect the soloist to play the iPad in front of the orchestra, just as if it was a piano or violin concerto.  Also, at one point the screen of the iPad will be projected on a large screen behind the orchestra so that the audience can see what the soloist sees – 'een kijkje in de keuken.'

2.     Can you tell something about the possibilities of the iPad as an musical instrument? 

This is where it gets interesting. Various people have designed apps (programs for the iPad) with new graphical interfaces where one can control sound through gestures on the touchscreen.  Throughout the Concerto I use eight different apps, each of which has its own approach.

3.     Is it possible to play the iPad part of the composition by yourself? Or do you really need a pianist to do this?

Well the first movement is all about expression and there are also a lot of notes to play, sometimes quite fast.  Dexterity and subtlety of touch are very important.  I choose Keiko to play it because she had those qualities as a pianist and I was thankful that Keiko was able to easily work out some quite sophisticated fingering patterns for the passages, and also she is naturally very expressive with her hands.  But in the meantime, recorder specialist Susanna Borsch has also played the Concerto superbly, so its not limited to just piano players.  I guess just good finger technique and musical experience are the only real requisites. 

4.     Can you define the style of your compositions? [I read something about a mix of styles for your new composition; jazz, rock, minimalism]

On the surface one might say that my music sounds American with its influences from rock, jazz and minimalism, but classical, avant garde and Indian music have also had big influences on my style. Rhythm always plays a large role.

5.     Did classical composers influence your new composition? And if so, which one(s)?  

Sure. John Adams and Michael Gordon.  Will you hear that? Not sure.

 










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Score available from Donemus Publishing





Written for Keiko Shichijo and Sinfonia Rotterdam

Commissioned by the Doelen, Rotterdam and Sinfonia Rotterdam and made possible with support from the Performing Arts Fund (NL)

First performance: De Doelen, Rotterdam June 1st, 2012