Symphony in the form of a rhapsody : full orchestra
by Richard Charlton (2007)
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From the CD Assorted choral & orchestra works
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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.
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.
Duration: 12 min.
Difficulty: Medium — Tertiary/professional
Dedication note: Dedicated to North Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Steven Hillinger. This work is dedicated to my friend Steven Hillinger and to the North Sydney Symphony Orchestra in thanks for their support of my music
- In the form/style of: Symphonies
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