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1(picc).1(corA).1.1(=dbn)- - strings ( players*)
* may be increased proportionately, up to a maximum of players

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Boosey & Hawkes (Hendon Music)

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


World Premiere
Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre, London
Nicolas Hodges, piano / London Sinfonietta / Oliver Knussen
Composer's Notes

Dialogues for piano and chamber orchestra is a conversation between the soloist and the orchestra:  responding to each other, sometimes interrupting the other, or arguing.  The single varied movement is entirely derived from a small group of harmonies and rhythms.

Commissioned by the BBC for the brilliant young pianist, Nicolas Hodges, it was composed in New York during 2003.

Elliott Carter

Reproduction Rights:
This programme note may be reproduced free of charge in concert programmes with a credit to the composer

Recommended Recording

Nicolas Hodges/London Sinfonietta/Oliver Knussen
Bridge Records 9177

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