Symphony No.1 : full orchestra
by Bozidar Kos (2006)
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Symphony, with dedication In memoriam cara Milana, was written in memory of my late wife. This is a single movement composition that consists of many interconnected segments. The basic musical material consists of nine short melodic fragments that are during the process of composition gradually introduced into various textures and consequently undergone perpetual transformations. The total musical material is thus transformed from segment to segment. These melodic fragments are derived by a special process from a short poem of nine lines in which I tried to express Milana's importance in my life. Composition concludes with a section in which the orchestral strings play in a slow tempo all nine melodies in their original forms. Accompaniment, played always in a very high tessitura, consists of piano, harp and glockenspiel, or sometimes flutes. Melodic statements, played by strings, are here separated by short episodes, each consisting of different material that had been previously developed during the process of composition. The structure of this final section is in some way reminiscent of the traditional extended Coda.
Instrumentation: 3 flutes (3rd doubling piccolo), 3 oboes (3rd doubling cor anglais), 3 clarinets, 3 bassoons (3rd doubling contra-bassoon), 4 horns, 3 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, percussion (3 players), harp, piano, strings.
Duration: 27 min.
Dedication note: In memoriam Cara Milana
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