Symphony No. 1

Thomas Pasatieri

Duration: 00:20:00
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

My association with the University of Kentucky and with John Nardolillo started in 2006 as I was writing the opera The Hotel Casablanca which premiered in San Francisco and Lexington as a co-production. The excellent orchestra which performed and recorded the opera was a delight for a composer to work with. The opera?s premiere was in 2007 and the following year John called to ask for a new piece to be written for this orchestra. I knew their playing well and have admired their virtuoso performances in New York?s Carnegie Hall so I decided to write a symphony which would showcase the orchestra, featuring many solo instruments in the course of the piece. I was surprised when the music came into being in just one movement. I had thought it would be in the traditional three movement form but ?man plans and God laughs?. Since 2006, I have also worked with John and the orchestra in another premiere recording and staging of a Christmas opera, God Bless Us, Everyone. Writing a first symphony at age 63 must be some sort of Guinness record for most aged neophyte, but there it is. It is with great pleasure that I am able to hear a composition for such large forces since today?s economy makes it nearly impossible for American composers to write on such a scale.

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Additional Information

Composition Date 2009
Orchestration 3 3 3 2 - 4 3 3 0; Timp. 2 Perc. Hp. Str.
Premiere September 23. 2011 University of Kentucky John Nardolillo, conductor

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