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«Dialogues Cellestes», Concerto for 2 Violoncelli and Orchestra (2009)

The title of “Dialogues Cellestes” is a play on words, a “heavenly” (céleste) dialogue between two cellos and symphony orchestra. It is not only a musical dialogue, but also a dialogue between two cultures. Antonio Meneses, who suggested that Müller write it, is Brazilian and Swiss, and Pi-Chin Chien’s homeland is Taiwan. (Both Brazil and Taiwan were Portuguese colonies.) The first movement features the interplay of thrilling virtuosity and lyrical moods. The second movement is based on a song-like melody which comes from Müller’s childhood when he used it in a small composition for piano. The last movement of the concerto weaves together two folksongs—one Taiwanese and one Brazilian—both love songs which use the sea as a metaphor. The orchestration, with its reduced winds and brass and added vibraphone and celesta, creates a delicate, ethereal timbre allowing the soloists to shine through from the heavens.

Info

for Antonio Meneses and Pi-Chin Chien

Movements

in drei Sätzen

Instrumentation

1 Flute, 1 Oboe, 2 Clarinets (A), 2 Bassoons
2 Horns (F), 1 Trumpet (C), 1 Bass Trombone
Timpani, Celesta, Vibraphon
Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Violoncello, Double Bass
Two Solo-Violoncelli

Duration

about 30 minutes

Scores

Complete Work on hire

JEC EFM045-LM

Recordings

[CD-Cover]

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London

Pi-Chin Chien, Violoncello

Antonio Meneses, Violoncello

Claude Villaret, Conductor

Ars Produktion - ARS 38 521 (P 2013)

Concerts

April 30th, 2014
07:30 pm - Schweiz, Biel, Kongresshaus

«Cellissimo», 8. Sinfoniekonzert: Johann Sebastian Bach: Orchestra Suite No.3 D-major BWV 1068, Ouvertüre, Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachiana brasileira N. 1 for eight Celli, Fabian Müller: Dialogues cellestes for 2 Violoncelli and Orchestra, Igor Strawinsky: Concerto in E-flat «Dumbarton Oaks», Johann Sebastian Bach: Orchestra Suite No.3. 3 D-major BWV 1068, Tänze

Antonio Meneses & Pi-Chin Chien, violoncello; Symphony Orchestra Biel Solothurn, conducted by Kaspar Zehnder

May 08th, 2012 - Taiwan, Taipei, National Concert Hall

Antonio Meneses & Pi-Chin Chien, Violoncello, Evergreen Symphony Orchestra (ESO), Conducted by Gernot Schmalfuss

May 06th, 2012 - Taiwan, HsinChu City, HsinChu Performing Hall

Antonio Meneses & Pi-Chin Chien, Violoncello, Evergreen Symphony Orchestra (ESO), Conducted by Gernot Schmalfuss

February 19th, 2011
04:00 pm - Bangkok, Music Auditorium (MACM Hall)

Other works in the program: Müller: «Eiger»; Dvorak: Symphonie Nr. 9 «New World»

Soloists: Antonio Meneses & Pi-Chin Chien, Violoncello, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Claude Villaret

February 18th, 2011
07:00 pm - Bangkok, Music Auditorium (MACM Hall), Premiere

Premiere; Other works in the program: Müller: «Eiger»; Dvorak: Symphonie Nr. 9 «New World»

Soloists: Antonio Meneses & Pi-Chin Chien, Violoncello, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Claude Villaret