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Symphony in the form of a rhapsody

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Symphony in the form of a rhapsody / R. Charlton

by Richard Charlton (2007)

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  • Instrumentation: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons, 4 horns in F, 2 trumpets in B flat, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, glockenspiel, strings.
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The dictionary describes a Rhapsody as an enthusiastic, ecstatic, or extravagant utterance or composition. A piece of music in one extended movement, usually emotional in character. In writing this piece I felt that all of these descriptions applied, and composing a symphony in this day and age is a pretty extravagant gesture in itself. In terms of language it is essentially "neo-romantic" in style and follows the typical symphonic construction of "sonata" form. Two of the main themes share the same "motive" (a drop of a 7th) and some material utilises the "whole tone" scale but with underlying diatonic harmony.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (34p. -- A3 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium — Tertiary/professional

Duration: 12 mins

Dedication note: This work is dedicated to my friend Steven Hillinger and to the North Sydney Symphony Orchestra in thanks for their support of my music
Commission info: Commissioned for the Anniversary Concerts of the North Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

First performance by Steven Hillinger, North Sydney Symphony Orchestra — 2 Nov 07. Northside Baptist Church, Crows Nest, Sydney

Includes programme note.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-67309-126-9

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