May 19, 2022
Michael Stephen Brown to perform the European Premiere of his own Concerto for Piano and Strings with NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra in Wroclaw, Poland (June 12).
Neda Navaee

Michael Stephen Brown is set to perform his Concerto for Piano and Strings (2020) with the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra and conductor Joseph Swensen in Wroclaw, Poland at the Main Hall of the NFM on June 12th. The concerto has recently been performed in the US by various orchestras and was co-commissioned by the Gilmore Keyboard Festival and the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra.

Written to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday, the concerto was composed while Brown was in residence at the Copland House in Peekskill, NY. The three-movement work, he says, “seeks to integrate my own musical language with that of Beethoven, by weaving musical fragments of his various works into my own harmonic landscape. Specific Beethoven references include long pedal markings blurring harmonies and sonorities, as in the Largo of the Third Piano Concerto; extended use of trills; and the interweaving of small motivic fragments throughout the work. I have often dreamed of being a fly on the wall observing Beethoven playing his own creations, and I hope this may pay homage to him from the perspective of my being both a composer and a pianist.”

Click here to watch a documentary about Brown’s Concerto for Piano and Strings and explore Brown’s upcoming performances.

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