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Symphony no. 3 : the Year 1942 : full orchestra

by Paul Paviour (1987)

Symphony No. 3


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Symphony No. 3 : the Year 1942 / Paul Paviour.

Library shelf no. 784.2/PAV 2 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

At the beginning of the year, disaster struck on every continent. Fascism, and their fellow travellers, triumphed everywhere. The Japanese army had captured impregnable Singapore and almost every country and island in the Pacific. German troops were at the gates of Moscow, and in Africa the German army was almost in Egypt. In the high seas, German U-boats roamed at will almost unmolested. Civilisation had never been in more
dire peril.
Then, almost miraculously, the situation changed. A naval battle in the Pacific blunted the Japanese. The Russians won the Battle of Stalingrad, and in Africa, at the Battle of El Alamein, the German army was defeated. In the Atlantic Ocean the U-boat menace was gradually being overcome. The air raids on Britain almost ceased.
The peoples of the world who valued freedom breathed sighs of relief, for although much toil lay ahead, the tide had turned. Civilisation was, for the moment secure.
The music of this work does not mirror any particular event of that period, more the emotion and thoughts, sadness and relief of the people involved in that year, arguably, the most decisive year in history of mankind. It is to a certain extent autobiographical, from the distant memories of a very small boy growing up.

Work Details

Year: 1987

Instrumentation: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns in F, 3 trumpets in C, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (4 players), harp, strings.

Duration: 25 min.

Revised 2015


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