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Symphony No. 2

Sheet Music: Score

Symphony No. 2 : double planet / Stuart Greenbaum.

Also known as: Double planet

by Stuart Greenbaum (2010)

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  • Instrumentation: Flute (doubling piccolo), oboe (doubling cor anglais), clarinet in B flat, bassoon (doubling contra-bassoon), trumpet in C (doubling flugel horn), 2 trombones, percussion (3 players), harp, strings ( Note: string section may be expanded
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This symphony is concerned with miniaturisation, self-similarity and transformation. The shorter preview movements are 'fast-forward' representations of the two longer movements which themselves respond to pictures by the Dutch graphic artist, M.C. Escher whose work in general addresses these issues.

Double Planet (1949) shows two regular tetrahedrons intersecting as if they were one world. They are in fact two quite separate worlds: one a jungle with trees, mountains and dinosaurs, and the other a construction of palaces and bridges occupied by humans. It's a strange, uneasy proposition that (over half a century later) might be interpreted as humans being out of touch with the natural environment - creating for themselves an ivory tower from which they can view the jungle at a safe distance.

Day and Night (1938) is also symmetrical in design. The flock of birds that fly over the rural city and farmlands magically transform in direction (backwards & forwards), colour (black & white) and time (day and night).

The work was commissioned by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and is dedicated to my mother, Elizabeth Scarlett - herself a pianist and scholar with a PhD in Poulenc and a constant source of musical inspiration and heritage to me.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (66p. -- A3 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 17 mins

Contents note:

i) Preview #1 (2 min.) -- ii) Double Planet (8 min.) -- iii) Preview #2 (1 min.) -- iv) Day and Night (4 min.).

Dedicated to Elizabeth Scarlett

Commissioned by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

First performance by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Brett Kelly at Melbourne Symphony Orchestra: Up Close and Musical (Loreto Mandeville Hall) on 29 Mar 2011

Purchase price of the score includes a CD recording of the work, played by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, conductor Benjamin Northey.

Includes performance directions and program note.

Composer's no.: GRT 150.

Typeset edition.

This edition produced Mar 12.

ISMN: 979-0-720111-10-0

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