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Symphony No. 1

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Symphony No. 1 : The Lost Rose / John Spence.

by John Spence (1992)


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This work is dedicated to the memory of my Mother Iris Spence who fought a brave battle with cancer in 1992. I started composing the work during her illness and completed it after she died. The work is programmatic in that it tells her story. The third movement in particular recalls the moment of goodbye with the flutes mimicing the wave form and sound of a heart machine until the moment they become still. The final movement consists of a series of variations on a melody called Hollingside. My experience of this tune was cathartic at the time.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (159p. -- A3 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 39 min.

Dedication note: This work is dedicated to Iris Spence 1934-1992

Includes programme note.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc. associated with this work:
The work was written with English composers in mind as a tribute. The work is aligned to the traditions of Vaughan Williams, Britten and Arnold. Other influences include Copland and Adams.

Typeset edition.

This edition produced 2018.

ISMN: 979-0-720207-81-0

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