The work is dedicated to Ronald Brautigam,  commissioned by  the Dutch broadcasting companiesTROS/AVRO/NPS with financial support of the
FPK, the Performing Arts Funds of the Netherlands. Première & radio broadcast: March 5 & 7 2010 in. Vredenburg Utrecht and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam respectively by Ronald Brautigam with the Dutch Radio Kamerfilharmonie conducted by Thierry Fischer.

At the beginning of the worldwide credit crunch, in September 2008, I heard a reporter on Wall Street say: ‘The sky isn’t falling’, *in an attempt to calm down a bit. We are living in a time where the most obvious certainties seem to fade away. That image of a falling sky was an appropriate metaphor and source of inspiration to me.

When listening to a symphony orchestra, I often have nostalgic associations, probably because its repertoire usually dates from long ago and the orchestra itself hasn’t changed much in 200 years. So when I write for a symphony orchestra, I try not to force it into something very contemporary. Instead I try to preserve and ‘sublime’ the sound of the orchestra.  My second piano concerto is even neo-classical if you like, probably because I also found my inspiration in the way Ronald Brautigam performs Mozart. A few years ago we were both on the same program of the Dutch Gelders Orkest, and so I heard him play Mozart a couple of times: as if the sky opened. Except by Mozart, my concerto was influenced by the blues. The groove of Muddy Waters’  Hoochie Coochie Man can be heard in the first tutti. And then there are the bouncing secunds, like in many of my works, , and a lot of sexts, my favorite interval, building mild melodic structures. As a whole ‘Sky Falling’ may have become less dramatic than I initially had in mind, but this highly depends on what the musicians will do with the score.

The live recording was released on JacobTV - The Complete Piano Solo Music, Brilliant Classics


Publishers: DONEMUS and PEER Clasical for Noth America.