Symphony no. 3 : the Year 1942 : full orchestra
by Paul Paviour (1987)
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
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.
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.
- In the form/style of: Symphonies
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