15 Nov Announcing American Concerto
The just completed composition American Concerto for Piano and Orchestra was composed by the husband and wife team of Kim Allen Kluge and Kathryn Kluge. The Concerto celebrates the melting pot of musical influences and ideals in America. You will hear folk-like melodies which follow in a long American musical tradition ranging from Stephen Foster to Aaron Copland. Jazz-tinged echoes of Gershwin and Cole Porter resound throughout the first movement in a nod to the American Songbook. The Concerto is infused with the aesthetic of the grand piano concerto, enlivened and refreshed by a pervasive cinematic sound.
Score and parts are now available. The much anticipated iTunes release will be January 2016
Listen to the first movement:
Kluge & Kluge are well known for their cinematic compositions for film and orchestra. See more at KimAllenKluge.com
This excerpt is genuinely beautiful — it made me think of Aaron Copland recalling, as an old man, the childhood memory of the start of a big snowstorm.