November

Description

November (original Finnish title Marraskuu) was written for Ensemble Ambrosius and premiered in the Concertgebouw Brugge on 25 June 2004. In the following year, the piece was revised for the Euroring Arrangers Workshop with the Metropole Orchestra. This version was premiered on 20 November 2005 at the Muziekcentrum van de Omroep, Hilversum, the Netherlands by the Metropole Orchestra, conducted by Vince Mendoza.

The piece opens with a melancholic four-part canon which leads to rhythmically and harmonically tense middle section, including a virtiosic written-out solo passage for soprano saxophone, alto saxophone and guitar. An orchestral interlude builds up to a traditional solo jointly improvised by trumpet and trombone. After the solo, the thematic material from the beginning and middle sections are combined to create a contrapuntal climax.


Instrumentation

the Metropole Orchestra version (2005):

2 flutes
Oboe (doubling english horn)
French Horn (in F)

Alto saxophone (in Eb)
Tenor saxophone (doubling soprano saxophone (in Bb))
Tenor saxophone (foubling flute)
Barytone saxophone (in Eb)
4 trumpets (in Bb)
4 trombones

2 percussion (mariba & vibraphone; glockespiel, gran cassa & gong)
Keyboards
Electric guitar
Electric bass (5-stringed)
Drums

Strings (8.7.5.4.2)


Press quotes

Olli Virtaperko stole the show

Olli Virtaperko’s November was at a level of its own in UMO’s concert by young Finnish big band composers. Frank Zappa-influenced November was dynamic, challencing yet catching with great ending… I’d predict Virtaperko to have a promising future ahead of him as a composer.

– Jukka Hauru, Helsingin Sanomat 26 November 2005

 

 

Score

November Score


Audio

November (extract)


Details

Duration 9’

First performance

25 June 2004
Ensemble Ambrosius
Brügge Concertgebow, Belgium


Performances 

Last performance

24 November 2005
Umo Jazz Orchestra, cond. Kari Heinilä
Umo Jazz Club, Helsinki, Finland

All past performances of November

25 June 2004
Ensemble Ambrosius
Brügge Concertgebow, Belgium

20 November 2005
Metropole Orchestra, cond. Vince Mendoza
Muziekcentrum van de Omroep, Hilversum, The Netherlands

24 November 2005
Umo Jazz Orchestra, cond. Kari Heinilä
Umo Jazz Club, Helsinki, Finland