By David Sanford | For Solo Cello and Orchestra (originally Solo Cello and Big Band) | 26′
Title: Scherzo Grosso
Composer: David Sanford
Year Composed: 2005/2006
Instrumentation: Solo Cello and Orchestra
Format: Score + Parts
Catalogue Number: OM0304
Performance materials available for rent:
Format: 1 Score/22 Parts
Catalogue Number: OM0304R
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Listen to an excerpt of Scherzo Grosso in the big-band version:
Who’s playing? Matt Haimovitz and the Pittsburgh collective, conducted by David Sanford
David Sanford writes in the liner notes to the Oxingale recording of the original big-band version:
Scherzo Grosso is a concerto in four movements for cello and big band. It was written for Matt Haimovitz and the Pittsburgh Collective with funds from the Koussevitzky Foundation. While the influences in the piece are numerous, the main underlying thread is the memory of Ed Nelson (1962-2004), a trumpet player with the Pittsburgh Collective and a close friend of several members of the band. A simple reading of the concerto’s pairing might suggest that the cello represents the more “sacred” and the big band the “profane”. In actuality each explores aspects of both idioms, and the ground in between. The band often veers closer to “European” than “jazz”, breaking down into chamber groups at certain points. At the same time, the cello often acts as a jazz or rock soloist (movements I and IV), or as part of the rhythm section– as Deirdre Murray and Abdul Wadud have with Henry Threadgill’s groups, or Hank Roberts with Tim Berne, among others.
The big-band version of this work is recorded on the Oxingale Records’ albums Vinylcello and Live at the Knitting Factory. Click here to go to the album page on iTunes.