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Symphony No. 1 in 20 Keys

for orchestra

Year:  2014 Instrumentation:  4*4*4*4*, alto sax.; 8431; timp., 2 perc.; 2 harps, celesta; SSTB voices; strings | (Perc: glock., xylo., vib., mar., tub. bells, wind chimes, tri., sleigh bells, cymbals, cowbell, tam-tam, slapstick, ratchet, snare drum, bass drum)

Year:  2014
Instrumentation  4*4*4*4*, alto sax.; 8431; ...

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Sample: pages 9 - 16

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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, Breton, Russia,Finland, Italy and Scotland.

Dedication note

Dedicated to Shayna.

Text note

Text by Emily Dickinson (PD).