Centennial

A Celebration for Symphony Orchestra

Samuel Adler

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Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
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Quick Overview

The short orchestral work "Centennial" was commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to be one of the opening works for its centennial season 1994-1995. It was premiered by the orchestra on October 21, 1994 under the direction of Yuri Temirkanov.

The work is about four minutes in duration and is clearly divided into three parts, which of course are performed without a pause. It begins with a slow, broad fanfare for brass and percussion marked "Slow and Majestic" and then continues with a fast and happy ?overture? made up of a single jaunty idea which is sometimes accompanied by a descant of the fanfare theme played in slow motion over it. All this is followed by a climactic return to the initial fanfare this time played by the entire orchestra. Though written for a particular occasion, the work is abstract enough to lend itself for the start of any concert which itself, to me, is a celebration of all that is worthwhile in our lives.

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Additional Information

Commission Commissioned and first performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for its 100th Anniversary, Yuri Temirkanov conducting, October, 1995.
Duration 00:04:00
Orchestration 3 2 2 3 - 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.

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