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Ford, Andrew: Raga 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    Raga
  • Subtitle: 
    Concerto for electric guitar and orchestra
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    20
  • Year of composition: 
    2016
  • First performance (year): 
    2016
  • First performance (venue): 
    Adelaide Town Hall
  • First performance (performers): 
    Zane Banks (soloist, Adelaide Symphony cond. Ben Northey
  • Solo Voice(s)/Instrument(s): 
    Electric guitar
  • Conductor: 
    Obligatory
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    Raga is a concerto for electric guitar and orchestra and consists of two structures superimposed. First there is the Western concerto that combines a soloist with an orchestra, mostly (in my piece) co-operating, occasionally in opposition, and with an improvised 'breakout' section or cadenza before the final big conclusion. Then there is the classical Indian raga of the title: a slow, exploratory Alap leading to a more melodic Jor, followed by a strongly rhythmic Gat in two parts, fast and faster. Raga was commissioned by Kim Williams in partnership with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Guitar Festival, and first performed by Zane Banks and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Northey in August 2016.

  • Technical specs: 

    A note to the soloist
    Your part in this work is deliberately under-written so you can make it your own. The composer sanctions a degree of rhythmic freedom as well as the addition of passing notes, ornamentation, slurs and slides. Within reason, other notes may be added and omitted.

    A note to the conductor
    In the cadenza, the cellos and basses hold their pedal E for the duration. Most of the time it should be no more than a soft presence droning on, but at the conductor's discretion the sound may (a few times) swell to a strong fortissimo.

    A note about amplification
    The piano and harp should be slightly amplified to give them a little more presence than they would otherwise have. The drum kit should be amplified to match the electric guitar in the cadenza. Thereafter, its level of amplification may be slightly reduced: from bar 423 to the end, the kit should be just a little more prominent than the other drums.

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Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
81
Musicians1st player2nd player
Flute
3
C
Piccolo
C
Piccolo
Oboe
3
Oboe
Oboe
Clarinet
3
B-flat
B-flat
Contrabass
Bassoon
3
Bassoon
Bassoon
Contrabassoon
Horn (F)
4
Trumpet
3
C
C
Trombone
3
Tenor
Contrabass
Tuba
1
MusiciansInstruments
Percussion
4
Glockenspiel
Vibraphone (F3)
Timpani
Xylophone
Bass Drum
Cymbals
Tamtam
Tom-Toms
Other
Harp
1
 
Musicians1st player2nd player
Violin
26
Viola
10
Cello
10
Double Bass
6
4-string
4-string

 

 

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