Concerto for Organ, Percussion and Strings

My second concerto for organ, percussion and strings (2016) was commissioned by my former organ teacher, János Pálúr for the inaugural concert of his re-built organ at the Fasor Reformed Church in Budapest. The 18-minutes long concerto is designed as a through-composed, tripartite form with three "mildly" contrasting sections, and plenty of virtuosic materials for both the organ and percussion soloists. The main idea was to try to blend the percussion instruments with the organ as much as possible, while preserving the character and idiosyncratic writing for the featured percussion instruments. The first section of the concerto opens with blended descending fifth tremolos on flute stops and on vibraphone, with the string chords as a sort of "sonic glue" around them. The second "movement" continues the fifths but without the tremolos and focusing more on solecistic material, evoking melodic snippets Lutoslawski's Concerto for Orchestra. The last movement is a virtuosic duel between the organ and xylophone, culminating in the quotation of the opening of Poulenc's Concerto for Organ, timpani and strings. I used the same orchestration as the staple organ concerto in G Minor by Francis Poulenc, except with a very soloistic percussion part, with a variety percussion instruments including Bass Drum, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Snare Drum and Tam-Tam. This is my first piece in which I use a direct quotation of another composer. The premier took place on Novemeber 4, 2016 at Saint Peter's Lutheran Church in New York City by Bálint Karosi, organ, Charles Kiger, percussion and the Spectrum Symphony of New York conducted by David Gruneberg. The piece has a second performance Charlotte, North Carolina on September 10, 2017 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, with Nicolas Haigh, organist, Stephanie Wilson, percussionist and William Osborne, conductor. The concert was reviewed here