for Orchestra

Steven Stucky

Performing Ensemble: Orchestra
Publisher: Merion Music, Inc.
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

Choosing to call a new work a symphony also means confronting the genre?s long, intimidating history and its powerful traditions. It is a history ineluctably tied to older eras ? the Classical (Haydn, Beethoven) and the Romantic (Berlioz, Brahms) ? and tied, too, to the materials and means of those older eras: strong melodic themes, well defined formal patterns, developmental techniques. Thus to the extent that symphonies did continue to flourish in the twentieth century, they did so largely among the less modernist, more traditional masters: Mahler, Sibelius, Elgar, Nielsen, Rachmaninov, Vaughan Williams, Tippett, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Copland, Harris, Schuman, Honegger, Martinu, Henze. It is true that a few progressive composers such as Lutoslawski put some of their most important effort into symphonies; indeed his Fourth Symphony was his last major work. But it is also telling that there are no symphonies by Birtwistle, Boulez, Ligeti, Lindberg, or Salonen. There are no symphonies by Ad

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Symphony - Full Score - Study

Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director; major support provided by Lenore S. and Bernard Greenberg; and by the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert, Music Director; major support provided by the Francis Go
Composition Date 2012
Duration 20:00
Orchestration 4(Picc., 3 dbl. A.Fl) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 4(Cbsn.) - 4 4 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno/Cel. Hp. Str.
Premiere September 28th, 29th, 30th, 2012. Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel; Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA.


I. Introduction and Hymn
II. Outcry
III. Flying
IV. Hymn and Reconciliation

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