There are several problems facing the pianist who wishes to study and/or perform Carl Vine's Piano Concerto No. 1. Since the work is not widely known, it is difficult to perform with an orchestra, as was originally intended. There is just one recording of the work available, and the full orchestral score is located only in Australia. The piano reduction lacks instrumentation indications, making performing with a second pianist difficult because of problems related to tone quality and balance between the two pianists. The soloist faces challenges including frequent tempo changes and multi-tiered textural sections that could not be found in earlier musical periods.
The main purpose of this document is to serve as a resource for better understanding Vine's Piano Concerto No. 1. I studied the orchestral score and gained detailed knowledge of the piece and clues to the instrumentation in the piano reduction. I also studied Vine's piano sonatas for further insight into his pianistic writing. Performance guidelines are offered at the conclusion, to aid in successful technical performance and execution of one's interpretation.
The work has various complex rhythmic passages, a wide melodic range, chordal gestures, and sections which call for percussive sounds and various other tone colors. Though this piece can be difficult to perform and understand initially, it would be a great choice for the adventurous piano soloist who is given the opportunity to perform with a symphony orchestra, because one can showcase his/her technique and pianistic ability.
|Commitee:||Ashby, Arved, Duchi, Joseph|
|School:||The Ohio State University|
|School Location:||United States -- Ohio|
|Source:||DAI-A 78/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Carl, No. 1, Piano concerto, Vine|
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