version for 8 virtuoso violists(2004, arr. 2019)
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April 1, 2004; Los Angeles, CA, Newman Hall, University of Southern California
At first glance, Italian Futurist Art, Baroque Concerto Grosso and a racecar video game seem to be utterly dissimilar entities, but in 2003 Andrew Norman, almost by accident, discerned the inherent similarities between these endeavors, namely, speed and flamboyant machismo. These characteristics inspired him to write Gran Turismo, a motoric, virtuoso piece for eight violins that sets off on a musical collision course of kinetic energy right from the first note. Gran Turismo is dedicated to the students of Robert Lipsett, who premiered the work at USC and have since performed it extensively. It is the recipient of the 2005 Leo Kaplan Prize from ASCAP.