Violin Concerto came out of a serendipitous friendship with violinist Anthony Marwood. The work was a huge project for me and was premiered in Berkeley California in February, 2014.
This work was commissioned by Berkeley Symphony.
solo violin and orchestra: 2(II doubles picc).2.2 (II doubles bass cl).2 - 2.2(D and Bb tpts).1.0 - perc(2) [ vibraph, metal bowls, brake dr, sizzle cym, snare dr, crots, almgl, tam, gong, sandpaper blox ] - pno - hp - strings (10.8.8.6.6 suggested)
"Samuel Adams’ new Violin Concerto is a work of quiet and spellbinding feats and effects, a work of imagination that releases the listener’s imagination. Attending its world premiere Thursday at Zellerbach Hall was like riding on a sound cloud: There, high above, was the solo violinist, spinning long lyric lines that twist and fan out like kite ribbons; and there, way down below, was the orchestra, a landscape of gentle surges and eddies and strategic colorized plumes, drifting up toward the kite."
"The sensation of great distances, of distinct levels of altitude and degrees of light — it was extraordinary, and the result was a dramatic journey across the concerto’s four movements, which last close to half an hour. "