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Symphony 4 : the river and beyond

by Don Kay (2017)

Symphony 4


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Symphony 4 : the river and beyond / Don Kay.

Library shelf no. 784.2184/KAY 1 [Available for loan]

Symphony 4

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Work Overview

Over time, I've come to regard the River Derwent, from my view of it in Taroona, Tasmania, as a symbol of stability, continuity and hope. My symphony endeavours to represent, in one movement, something of those sentiments. The opening, a direct quote from the 5th and final movement of my River Views, for trombone and string orchestra (1995), becomes an integral component of reference.

The digressions, mood changes, moments of climax, ruminations, fantasy and, towards the conclusion, pagan-like celebratory dance to the freedoms nature seems to represent, inevitably return to the ever present permanence of the river, impassive in its tranquility.

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: 2 Flutes (2nd doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons, 4 French horns in F, 2 trumpets in B flat, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (1 player), harp, strings.

Duration: 20 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Simon Barber


Symphony 4


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