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Pop Concerto

Anthony Paul De Ritis's Pop Concerto, based on songs by Michael Jackson, U2, Alanis Morissette, and Seal, "it is a celebration of pop music's irrepressible élan and of the guitarist Eliot Fisk's virtuosic artistry"

  -Robert Kirzinger, Associate Director of Program Publications, Boston Symphony Orchestra








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Eliot Fisk is known worldwide as a charismatic performer famed for his adventurous and virtuosic repertoire. He is also celebrated for his willingness to take art music into unusual venues (schools, senior centers, and even logging camps and prisons). Eliot Fisk has performed as soloist with major orchestras across the country and worldwide, and with a dizzying array of chamber music colleagues including the Shanghai, Juilliard, Borromeo, and Miro String Quartets. He has invented numerous crossover projects with, among others, Paco Peña, flamenco guitar; Joe Pass and Bill Frisell, jazz guitar; chanteuse Ute Lemper, and Turkish music specialist Burhan Öçal. Fisk’s innumerable transcriptions have transformed the repertoire of the classical guitar, and numerous new works have been dedicated to him by composers as varied as Luciano Berio, Leonardo Balada, Robert Beaser, Nicholas Maw, George Rochberg, Daniel Bernard Roumain and Kurt Schwertsik. A new quintet for guitar and strings is currently being composed for Fisk and the Arditti String Quartet by eminent German composer Wolfgang Rihm.


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Anthony Paul De Ritis, described as a “genuinely American composer” by Gramophone, is Professor and former Chair of the Music Department at Northeastern University in Boston, and is jointly appointed to the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group in Northeastern’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business. His music has been called “groundbreaking,” “ultra-exotic,” and “really cool,” and has received performances nationally and internationally, including at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Harvard’s Sanders Theatre, Yale’s Woolsey Hall, Taipei’s Zhong Shan Hall, Beijing’s Yugong Yishan, Seoul’s KT Art Hall, the Italian Pavilion at the 2015 World Expo in Milan, and UNESCO headquarters in Paris.



About Pop Concerto

Under conductor Gil Rose, the musicians of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) shine on these spirited recordings interpreting and performing the music of two of today’s most innovative composers. Highbrow meets lowbrow, funky meets cultured, and soloists meet their shadowy doubles in Anthony Paul De Ritis: Pop Concerto. This is the second release of the Boston-based composer’s work on the BMOP/sound label. Written for the celebrated guitar virtuoso Eliot Fisk, Pop Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra is a virtuosic exploration of the sound, groove, and textures of four landmark pop songs: Seal’s "Bring It On", Alanis Morissette’s "You Oughta Know", U2’s "Beautiful Day", and Michael Jackson’s "The Way You Make Me Feel".

Pop Concerto Score

Full Score

Movt. 1, "Bring it on"

Movt. 2, "You Oughta Know"

Movt. 3, "Beautiful Day"

Movt. 4, "The Way You Make Me Feel"

*Contact the Composer for parts as well as notation for Eliot Fisk's codenzas.




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“… a terrific concerto in every way and, of course, perfectly performed. All of this music is expertly played by the splendid orchestra under Gil Rose’s direction. Engineers have captured all of this in realistic, ultra-sound. This is a major issue of American music.”

Classical CD Review, April 2017

“'Pop Concerto' is light… reworkings of four key pop songs of the composer’s youth. Fisk renders its challenging solo part superbly… U2’s ‘Beautiful day’ comes off best, its essential lyricism caught by the sensitive transcription…”

Gramophone, July 2017

“… a fascinating collection of 21st Century music… the orchestration is wildly inventive.”

American Record Guide, November/December 2017


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For any questions regarding Pop Concerto, please contact Anthony Paul De Ritis at


Pop Concerto was commissioned, in part, by a generous award from the Mattina R. Proctor Foundation.