I have just completed the first draft of David Morgan's Concerto for Solo Percussion and Orchestra. This will be part of a Tall Poppies CD to be released sometime next year. Soloist is the Australian percussionist Ryszard Pusz. Belinda and I recorded the solo part about a month ago in the percussion studio of the University of Adelaide. Also recorded was the solo part of a light music concerto for marimba, vibraphone and orchestra by Eric Bryce. Both concertos were written for Ryszard, and the Tall Poppies CD will contain the première recordings. The styles of the two concertos is completely different, making a wonderful contrast for the CD. The Morgan is a most powerful work, using a wide range of percussion instruments for both the soloist and the orchestral percussionist. Fitting my orchestra to the solo was not without problems, but all issues were resolved satisfactorily. When the final mastering is done, I am confident the result will produce a convincing rapport between soloist and orchestra.
The overdubbing of the singers for my opera Dracula will begin at the end of this month - a very exciting prospect!
David Stanhope may be contacted
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