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 Posted:   Jun 28, 2014 - 4:26 AM   
 By:   johnbijl   (Member)

We released this information Wednesday ...

With the name of the concerto ...

Excellent news!! Thanks for sharing!

 Posted:   Jun 28, 2014 - 4:55 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Pas De Deux (-chie to the left hand side) smile

 Posted:   Jun 28, 2014 - 5:42 AM   
 By:   johnbijl   (Member)

Pas De Deux (-chie to the left hand side) smile

Aren't the first four notes of that also the 'danger motive'?

 Posted:   Jun 28, 2014 - 5:54 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Or maybe they love Luis Suarez smile

Well that's freed up a seat.

 Posted:   Jun 28, 2014 - 6:30 AM   
 By:   johnbijl   (Member)

Or maybe they love Luis Suarez smile
Either way, it's pretty cool. Maybe John Williams will come over for dinner next year.

Oh. Now I have the strange picture in my mind of Suarez trying to eat Williams!

 Posted:   Jun 28, 2014 - 6:41 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Haha...Love It! smile

This thread has taken a turn for the Hannibal Lecter (damn you Suarez and your player eating ways!!!)

 Posted:   Jul 10, 2014 - 5:52 AM   


In addition to being charming and talented musicians, Hakon and Mari Samuelsen are also accessible and generous. Indeed they didn't hesitate an instant to share with us the genesis of Pas de Deux, the Double Concerto for violin and cello composed by James Horner whose world premieres are scheduled for 12 and 13 November 2014. We are very pleased to publish their first words on the creative process of this major musical event.

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 Posted:   Jul 12, 2014 - 5:32 AM   
 By:   johnbijl   (Member)

Yup. I got tickets.

 Posted:   Nov 13, 2014 - 11:34 AM   
 By:   johnbijl   (Member)

Pretty psyched! Horner is here and there will be a cd release too!

 Posted:   Nov 13, 2014 - 11:43 AM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

Wouldn't it be nice if this was a wholly original work? Here's hoping!

 Posted:   Nov 13, 2014 - 12:11 PM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

hmm... damn it... I should have gone to this!
Glad to hear about the CD being planned!

 Posted:   Nov 14, 2014 - 1:41 AM   
 By:   johnbijl   (Member)

Well guys, the Concerto is excellent.

It's thoroughly Horner's music, as he's written it for Searching For Bobby Fisher and Land Before Time. It definitely fitted well between Debussy's Iberia and Tchaikovsky's 5th. Actually, it was quite exciting to hear Horner's music between these exceptional pieces of classical music.

From the first note on, you're hearing new music (and at this place I will emphasize that!) but it feels like an old friend. One you've missed. Horner didn't write a distinctive melody or recurring theme for the 27-minute concerto. The base of it is a somewhat subdued interplay between the soloists, where Horner's experience and talent for counterpoint is at the core.

Thus develops a almost hypnotic piece, with high impressionistic qualities. Figurative, but not as leading as in his filmscores. The benefits of not having timing restrictions or not working for a 'client' and not having time pressure to start or finish writing certainly are helping Horner's composing.

I'll be eagerly looking forward to his next non-film piece: the Concerto for Four Horns for the London Philharmonic in March.

 Posted:   Nov 14, 2014 - 1:43 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Thanks for the report, John. And the pic -- the "scarf guys".

 Posted:   Nov 14, 2014 - 1:52 AM   
 By:   johnbijl   (Member)

big grin

 Posted:   Nov 14, 2014 - 2:36 AM   
 By:   Roy Donga   (Member)

Thanks John,

Horner was even in the Liverpool Echo this week!

Titanic and Avatar composer turns his hand to ballet with work premiering with RLPO

Nov 10, 2014 08:28
By Catherine Jones

James Horner's work will be performed alongside the Phil and Vasily Petrenko

Hollywood composer James Horner whose Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra will be premiered in Liverpool Credit: Sylvia Wells

He's worked on some of the biggest movies to come out of Hollywood in the last three decades – from Deep Impact and The Mask of Zorro to Avatar and a little film called Titanic.

So it’s a bit of a surprise when composer James Horner admits: “I’ve always wanted to write a ballet.”

And, while he may not have yet fulfilled that specific ambition, he’s come closer to it than ever before with his latest commission, a rare classical composition being premiered in Liverpool this week.

Pas de Deux – the clue is in the title – will be performed by brother and sister Hakon and Mari Samuelsen, appearing with the RLPO and Vasily Petrenko.

“It was written really as two soloists or two dancers, with orchestral accompaniment,” the 61-year-old explains. “I’m thinking sort of visually. It really is a very intimate piece with orchestra.”

It was the Samuelsens, who proved a hit with Liverpool audiences when they performed at last year’s Spirit of Christmas concerts, who went to James with the idea for a new piece.

It’s many years since he wrote anything purely classical – a work called Spectral Shimmers in the 1980s.

“Having come up the academia and classical music (route), when I moved away, I got to a point where I didn’t want to deal with the classical world any longer,” he admits. “I just wanted to be in film.

“So this is the first thing I’ve written after vowing never to return to the classical world.”

It won’t be the last, however, as he’s been asked to create a concerto for four horns for the London Symphony Orchestra.

The American trained at the Royal College of Music before moving LA in the 1970s where he gained a PhD in composition and theory. His film breakthrough came in 1982 when he was asked to write the music for Star Trek II.

Since then, he’s scored something like 100 soundtracks, everything from Aliens and Apollo 13 to Iris, A Beautiful Mind and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. He’s the owner of two Oscars (for My Heart Will Go On) and has been nominated another eight times.

Still, it appears it was the right time to turn his composing hand to something different.

He muses: “I think time has gone by and I’ve realised the pros and cons of the film world. I’ve sort of been there and done that.

“Mari and Hakon asked me about writing a piece for them, and I thought it would be a big challenge. Especially as nothing’s been specifically written for that ensemble (violin, cello and orchestra) since Brahms.” Despite working in the hi-tech world of films, James composes not on a computer, or even at a piano, but on a big architect’s table, and in the past has likened composing to painting.

“If I want a certain colour or certain timbre – I think very much in terms of how I’d paint that,” he says.

So what colours does Pas de Deux put him in mind of?

“There’s no specific colour,” he answers. “But it goes through a lot of different textures. It’s a piece that basically goes to all 12 keys. But it won’t necessarily sound like that.

“It does a lot of modulating. I don’t think it’s a particularly hard piece, but the whole blend, the balancing, is going to be key to make it come alive.”

He’s been sitting in on rehearsals, and will be at the Phil to hear the concerto performed in the opening concert of the RLPO’s 175th anniversary season.

“And, in grand tradition, the hall’s not quite finished,” James laughs.

“The paint will be drying as the piece is performed. I love it!”

Pas de Deux is premiered at the RLPO’s Season Opening concert on Thursday.

 Posted:   Nov 14, 2014 - 2:40 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Well, since the original Wednesday gig got switched to the Friday (tonight) I won't be hearing it til this evening, but thanks for the heads-up John, sounds great.
Good to see old Jimbo in Liverpool too.
He must be gutted it's International week so there's no game for him to go to this weekend wink

 Posted:   Nov 14, 2014 - 6:10 AM   
 By:   phoenix68   (Member)

A few pictures of James Horner accepting the applause after the Premier of his Double Concerto for Violin and Cello last night.

Was interesting to hear this in the context of a 'classical concert'. The work was a thoroughly enjoyable experience personally, being a film music enthusiast, but the work did meet with mixed reactions by the 'normal concert goers'.
Yes, the work did have its 'Hornerisms'; low register surging chords withlow piano ,low horns / brass and chimes (style of Cocoon / Titanic), side drum rhythms in places to give some tension to the music, and at its finale crescendo those knowing Horner's film scores would be excused for expecting the music was going to surge into his Star Trek final fanfare. Not a criticism, as that is my music preference, and at the end of the day Horner has his style and that was to be expected in his work.

All in all a very enjoyable experience with a pair of outstanding soloists.
Heard them recording it this morning and this will be a definite purchase for me.

 Posted:   Nov 14, 2014 - 3:53 PM   
 By:   Smaug   (Member)

Clearly Horner's been out of the classical world if he thinks there hasn't been dozens of Double Concertos written since Brahms! And even Double Concertos that have been written as ballet pieces, like Philip Glass' excellent 2010 Double Concerto for Violin & Cello:

 Posted:   Nov 14, 2014 - 5:06 PM   
 By:   Trekfan   (Member)

A duo of ClassicFM audio and articles, both from November 13th:

"Titanic composer: classical music is stuffy. Here's how I'd fix it"
As James Horner prepares for the world premiere of his new concerto, the composer of movie soundtracks from 'Titanic' to 'Avatar' says he's nervous about his return to classical concerts.

"How I wrote… Pas de Deux – James Horner"
The 'Titanic' composer takes us through his first foray into concert music for 30 years - and the first major double concerto for violin and cello since Brahms.

 Posted:   Nov 14, 2014 - 8:21 PM   
 By:   Smaug   (Member)

Hate to harp on this, but I count 38 double concertos on this list alone that are after Brahms. What the hell is Horner talking about? For a guy who spends a lot of time digging around in classical music scores, you might think he'd be more aware. I mean Schnittke, Glass, O'Connor and a bunch of other people have written important Double Concertos for Violin/Cello-never mind all the other types of Double Concertos:

What's next, he writes a symphony and says no one has written one since Beethoven's Ninth?

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