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Symphony No 2

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2003; revised and first performed in 2018

 
Symphony No 2 is in three movements; in the first, following some ‘tick-tock’ pizziccato notes, the bass clarinet plays a prominent role, with its darkly chromatic scalic passages, but it is not long before a second theme, akin to an announcement, takes centre stage. There is an extensive development of the first few themes, until the piccolo announces a complete change of tempo and mood. Everything now takes on a more dramatic character, building to a climax and a big statement of the second idea. Finally there is a return to the very opening, and some more ‘tick-tock’ pizziccati and the bass clarinet returns with more of those scalic passages.

The second movement is slow, mainly quiet, and thoughtful, although it has moments of greater intensity.

The third movement is medium-fast and mainly buoyant, but sometimes quite strident. At the very end, the opening theme from the first movement returns in the horns and strings, this time forceful or even triumphant.

from notes by Christopher Gunning © 2019

Recordings

Gunning: Symphonies Nos 2, 10 & 12
Studio Master: SIGCD593Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

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