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Symphony no. 4.2 : full orchestra

by Carl Vine (1998)

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Performance by Sydney Symphony, Edo de Waart

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Choral symphony ; Symphony no. 4.2 ; Piano concerto


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Choral symphony ; Symphony no. 4.2 ; Piano concerto / Carl Vine.

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Symphony 4.2

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Work Overview

My fourth symphony follows a line of progression through the preceding three. The bluntness and concision of the first (MicroSymphony) precedes the larger phrases and more surprising turns of the second. The third was conceived as a single large phrase that moves slowly from "darkness" to "light" (or uncertainty to affirmation), a process that is continued in the fourth.

Like its predecessors, the fourth is cast in a single movement comprising a number of discrete sections. The sombre opening is interrupted before evolving into an evasive passage of rhythmic interplay. The climax of this section collapses suddenly to reveal two romantic melodies that again build suddenly and fall away without warning. The Presto that follows would normally be the second movement _ a rapid moto perpetuo built on one note. The presto dies away to a transparent motive on solo piano. This once again evolves then decays, leading to a quiet and reflective finale.

In the 1998 revision to the work (Symphony No. "4.2"), the proportions between these sections has been altered dramatically, and a new presto section precedes the final chorale.

Work Details

Year: 1998

Instrumentation:, 3perc, pf, strings

Duration: 18 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Symphony No. 4 was originally composed in 1993; in 1998 it was revised and acquired the title Symphony No. 4.2.


Program note: Carl Vine's "Symphony No.4.2"
by Carl Rosman
Source: Published by Symphony Services

Book: 2000 Australian composition resource kit / Education Program, Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Performances of this work

19 Aug 2015: at Ulster Orchestra & BBC Radio 3 (Ulster Hall (Belfast, UK)). Featuring Ulster Orchestra, Nicholas Braithwaite.

6 Feb 2010: at QSO: Vine & Villa-Lobos (The Queensland Symphony Orchestra Studios). Featuring Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Northey.

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