SYMPHONY No. 1 in 20 Keys


Alternate Title: 

"Letter to the World"

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Solo singers (Sop, Mezzo-Sop, Tenor, Bs Bar), large orchestra, divisi strings

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Text Source/Author: 

Emily Dickinson

1. Nana (Scherzo I)
2. Galliarda
3. Fado
4. Chorale
5. Ma Bouche Rit (Scherzo II)

Symphony No. 1 in 20 keys (“Letter to the World”) is a five-movement
symphony for large orchestra which is the first symphony to cast the outer
movements as scherzi.  All movements use melodies which are derived from
transcribed non-western or folkloric melodies.  The second movement is a
“conventional” sonata form and the third movement is a series of
variations on an “original” melody suggested by the “fado” song-form
of Portugal.  The whole work as a whole uses “borrowed” melodies (or
melodies suggested) from Spain, Afghanistan, Russia, Italy, Breton (France),
Finland, and Scotland.

Piccolo (3,4 FL doubling)
4 Flutes
3 Oboes
Cor Anglais
Alto Sax in Eb
Eb soprano clarinet (clarinet 3 doubles)
3 Bb Clarinets
Bass Clarinet
3 Bassoons
1 Contrabassoon
8 Horns in F
4 Trumpets in C
2 Tenor Trombones
1 Bass Trombone
Timpani / Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Marimba, Tubular Bells, Wind
Chimes, Triangle, Sleigh Bells, Cymbals, Cowbell, Tam-tam, Slapstick,
Ratchet, Guiro, Snare Drum, Bass Drum.
Harps 1 & 2
Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor, Bass-Baritone
Strings in divisi (VI, V2, vla, vc, cb)

Ensemble Type: 

solo voice(s)+large ensemble or orchestra
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