Concerto for Electric Guitar and Symphonic Band
by Nolan Stolz
I. I. Naïve — Vivacious (duration ca. 11.5’)
II. Melancholy — Bittersweet (duration ca. 8’)
III. Aggressive (duration ca. 9.5’)
Total duration ca. 29’

Premiere of the first movement by Christopher Ladd and the Hartt Wind Ensemble, Glen Adsit conducting


Flutes 1.2 (6-12 in total; 8 preferred, 4 absolute minimum)*
Oboes 1.2 (2-4 in total)
English Horn (1-2 in total)
E♭ Clarinet
Clarinets (B♭) 1.2.3 (10-16 in total)*
Bass Clarinet (B♭) (1-2 in total)
Bassoons 1.2 (2-4 in total)
Alto Saxophones 1.2 (E♭)
Tenor Saxophone (B♭)
Baritone Saxophone (E♭)
Trumpets (B♭) (1.2 doubling flugelhorns)
Trombones 1.2
Bass Trombone
Tuba(s) (1 or 2)
Contrabass (with optional amplification)
Timpani (five drums, but playable on four)
Percussion 1: suspended cymbal, ride cymbal, hi-hat, concert bass drum, snare drum, five concert toms (6”, 8”, 10”, 12”, 13”), tambourine, three triangles (6”, 8”, 10”), ratchet, slapstick, glockenspiel (shared with Percussion 4)
Percussion 2: suspended cymbal, hi-hat, “sizzle” cymbal, “china” cymbal, crash cymbals (orchestral), bass drum (from a drum set) with pedal, five concert toms (14”, 15”, 16”, 18”, 18” or 20” bass drum), snare drum, tambourine, chimes (shared with Percussion 3), crotales (high set), xylophone (shared with Percussion 3 and 4)
Percussion 3: three suspended cymbals: small, medium and large, crash cymbals (orchestral), triangle, concert bass drum**, snare drum, temple blocks, chimes (shared with Percussion 2), crotales (low set), xylophone (shared with Percussion 2 and 4), vibraphone (shared with Percussion 4)
Percussion 4: tambourine, tam-tam, glockenspiel (shared with Percussion 1), xylophone (shared with Percussion 2 and 3), vibraphone (shared with Percussion 3), marimba
Electric Guitar (SOLO) with 180o reversible tremolo (whammy) bar with floating bridge and locking tremolo Pedal effects include: distortion, chorus, flanger, delay, wah-wah and whammy (pedal) EBow with “normal” and “octave” settings is required for second movement
Electric Bass (preferably a Rickenbacker) Pedal effects: chorus, flanger, distortion and wah-wah
Synthesizer with sounds emulating electric piano (Fender Rhodes and RMI Electra Piano), Mellotron (choir and flute), celesta, “synth-lead” (Minimoog or ARP ProSoloist) with portamento, Oberheim OB-8, Hammond B-3 (as heard through a fast-rotating Leslie speaker cabinet), Moog Taurus pedals, “synth pads” Pedal effects: light distortion or fuzz

* At mm. 64-5 in movt. III, Flutes 2 are divisi, thus creating the need for at least four players for Flutes 2. If the minimum forces are employed (6 flutes in total, 3/3), have one flute from Flutes 1 join Flutes 2 to ensure each voice has at least two players. At m.181-4 in movt. III, both flute parts are divisi. The preferred number of players is eight, ensuring that each voice has two players. The absolute minimum, therefore, is four players, but the total recommended number of players is six to twelve. At m. 168 and 170 in movt. I, and at mm. 81-8 in movt. II, Clarinets 1 are divisi. The recommended forces are 4/3/3 at a minimum, to ensure that each voice in Clarinets 1 has at least two players. No more than sixteen players 6(3+3)/5/5 should be necessary.

** Note: Percussion 1 and 3 must use separate concert bass drums

For the complete score, download HERE

March 11, 2011: Hartt Wind Ensemble (Glen Adsit, conductor) with Christopher Ladd, soloist
The Hartt School. West Hartford, CT

February 10, 2012: Univ. of South Dakota Symphonic Band (Rolf Olson, conductor) with Christopher Ladd, soloist.
South Dakota Bandmasters Convention. South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD

February 12, 2012: Univ. of South Dakota Symphonic Band (Rolf Olson, conductor) with Christopher Ladd, soloist.
USD in Vermillion, SD. Aalfs Auditorium


Check out the shorter and smaller version, called Mini-Concerto for Electric Guitar and Chamber Ensemble