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Symphony No.2 : The symphony of two continents : the symphony of two continents

by Bozidar Kos (2008)

Also known as: Symphony of two continents

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Performance by En Shao, Symphony Orchestra RTV Slovenia from the CD Aurora Australis

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Symphony No. 2 : the symphony of two continents / Bozidar Kos

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Work Overview

Symphony No. 2, although written as a single continuous piece of music, is divided into two distinct parts, each consisting of a number of connected segments. First part I started to write in Australia at the time, when I was already preparing for my return to Slovenia and as a result had also mixed feelings about that decision: from excitement and happiness, that I was finally returning to my homeland, to sadness because I was leaving the country, where I lived for 43 years and where I realised most of my youthful dreams. In between there were also many sensations of apprehension, uncertainty and uneasiness related to not knowing what was all waiting for me on my return to Europe. After some time I had to interrupt my work on the symphony - firstly for the medical reasons and then because of the packing and moving.

Approximately seven months had past before I had finally settled in my new home in Slovenia and could start working again on the second part of the Symphony. Then I started to be subjected to strange things. In the middle of composing I was getting sudden, short but very realistic flashbacks from my life in Australia. I was instantaneously transplanted into some moments that I had spent on that continent, as if my mind or subconsciousness could not cope with my return to Europe and was projecting images of what I had left behind. That was happening until I finished composing the symphony.

First part of the composition is therefore coloured with feelings of agitation, uncertainty, uneasiness and at the same time also excitement and happiness. My thoughts were at that time preoccupied with my departure to Europe.

However, during the work on the second part of the symphony I was overwhelmed with memories of my life in Australia. That part begins with a gradual introduction of a short melody by the horn and the trumpet, but is soon taken over by other instrumental groups as well and establishes itself as the main material of the second part of the symphony. It appears in various transformations until the end of the composition and thus gives this part of the symphony its character and stability.

Work Details

Year: 2008

Instrumentation: 3 flutes (3rd doubling piccolo), 3 oboes (3rd doubling cor anglais), 3 clarinets, 3 bassoons (3rd doubling contrabassoon), 4 horns, 3 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, percussion (3 players), harp, piano, strings.

Duration: 27 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Symphony Orchestra RTV Slovenia.

First performance: 19 Nov 09. Gallusova Dvorana (Concert Hall) Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia


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19 Nov 09: Gallusova Dvorana (Concert Hall) Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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