1980, piano and orchestra (1,1,1,1,cb 2,1,2 hp, org, perc,
str), Composer, 29' (recorded on Opus One #82)
"The musicianship of Cope is well projected
in the overall orchestration and solo work. Though Cope's music is
generally of the avant garde school, it is the quality kind, such
as the never ending gift of Foss and Dallapiccola and also Rochberg.
The music is dramatic."
--Jack Shusterman, Composers Recording Society News,
"Concert is gestural rather than melodic
per se and achieves striking effects through a deft deployment of
contemporary orchestration techniques. The course of motion follows
a relentlessly defiant logic that intrigues and bewilders, unfolding
with a momentum so intense that at times you may feel compelled to
dial 911. Cope carries the force of the score with a precision that
is both lyrical and riveting."
--Philip Collins, Santa Cruz Sentinel, Jan. 6, 1984
"Concert is a piano concerto, occasionally
lyrical, it is mostly expectant, suspenseful. Certainly it is nearly
encyclopedic in its collection of the very latest compositional and
instrumental techniques, but it is also musically cohesive. Each movement
leads to the next, and despite the diversity of numerous individual
moments, the result sounds purposeful and unified."
--Fanfare, Sept.-Oct., 1983