Concerto for Group and Orchestra


Original version lost

Buy-Scores-buttonFull score restored by Marco de Goeij 1997-99;
Revised by the composer and Paul Mann 1999.

View examples of the work done on the revised score.

Final revised version, 2011.

3(III=p) (cym, s.cym, BD, SD, TT, toms, tub.bells, xyl, tamb., rute) hp.str. (min.14, 12, 10, 8, 6)  Group: gtr, Hammond org., bass gtr, drums, vocal (2nd mvt only)

Duration: 46’ (16’, 19’, 11’)

I. Moderato – Allegro
II. Andante
III. Vivace-Presto

World Premiere: Royal Albert Hall, London, 24 September 1969
Deep Purple (Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Jon Lord)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Malcolm Arnold, conductor
US Premiere: Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California, 25 August 1970
Deep Purple; Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra; Lawrence Foster, conductor

World Premiere of restored and revised version:
Royal Albert Hall, London, 25-26 September 1999
Deep Purple (Steve Morse, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Jon Lord)
London Symphony Orchestra; Paul Mann, conductor
(Revised version dedicated to Malcolm Arnold)

Live Recordings:
Deep Purple; RPO/Arnold: Harvest SHVL 767 (January 1970).
1st CD issue: EMI CDP 7 94886-2 (1990)
Remastered CD issue: EMI 07243 541006 2 8 (2002) (also on DVD)
Deep Purple; LSO/Mann
Eagle Records, EDGCD 0000124  (2000) (also on DVD)
Deep Purple; New Japan Philharmonic/Mann  (2001)
(2 live performances, 24/25 March 2001, recorded in Japan, only available as part of 12-disc Box set: The Soundboard Series (Thompson Music)

Studio Recording: (2011-12)
Jon Lord (organ), Darin Vasilev (guitar), Joe Bonamassa (guitar), Steve Morse (guitar), Guy Pratt (bass), Brett Morgan (drums), Kasia Laska (vocals),
Steve Balsamo (vocals), Bruce Dickinson (vocals)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Paul Mann (conductor)
earMusic, September 2012.

B Feldman & Co., Ltd. (EMI Music Publishing)
Full score and parts available on hire
Study Score on sale (forthcoming)

Additional information:
View examples of the work done on the revised score.

10 thoughts on “Concerto for Group and Orchestra

  1. The score is in production now and will be available soon through Hal Leonard. All details will be published on as soon as we have them.

  2. About the concerto study score, is it going to be printed or not?
    I’ve been waiting for ages. Thanks

  3. Hello,
    I’m music student in french (University of Reims) and a great fan of Jon Lord.
    I search the complet score of the concerto for group and orchestra by Jon Lord for my studies and me. But i dont find this score now here…
    Please, help me !
    Cordially, Mr LARUE Jean-René.
    PS: sorry for my english

  4. Misters, when will be availabre the score of the concert, for sale’

  5. Now that Jon Lord is in heaven, it is possible to play a short version of the Concert with its highlights and a reduced orchestra

  6. We receive a few requests of this kind, and while of course we want to encourage as many performances of Jon’s music as possible, it’s important at the same time to make sure that these are as Jon would have wanted. For this reason, performances of the Concerto for Group and Orchestra can only be in the original form that Jon himself authorised.

  7. Are there any plans for a 50th anniversary performance of the Concerto? I was at the 30th anniversary concert (the Sunday night one) and it was one of the most magical nights imaginable. It would be wonderful to see a 5th anniversary commemoration in some form.

  8. To perform Concerto with reduced orchestra pieces? Are you kidding?))) It’s like, let’s go and remove some boring parts out of Rachmaninov’s 3rd Concerto. Or let’s loop the riff from Smoke on the Water and listen it for 3 hours to get that wonderful flashing effect of vacuum cleaner stucked right into your ears. No!)

    Mr. Paul Mann did fantastic job in 1999 conducting it all together in tight unit. The problem with 1969 version was named Ritchie Blackmore and his musical exhibitionism. And he agreed with it himself later. It just wasn’t rehearsed and conducted very well, so 1999 version obviously stronger. Sorry for being straight, just named it as it is. Cheers.

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