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Symphony No 12


Symphony No 12 has two movements. It is far more overtly tonal than Nos 2 or 10. I needed to write something more direct, even melodic, and the textures are mostly clear and uncomplicated.

The first movement begins with a rhythmic figure and a feeling of uncertainty. Things gradually open up, and the movement contains lyrical sections as well as more stormy music which eventually leads to a climax. But we return to a mood more like the opening, ending on a note of quiet mystery.

Movement two was inspired by the funeral of a friend. A bell calls everyone to the chapel and the strings intone elegiac music which is gradually taken up by the rest of the orchestra. We are reminded of events and personalities from my friend’s life, including his love of English music and the English countryside. This subsides into quiet, sombre music leaving the bell tolling as people wander off thoughtfully into the evening’s fading light.

from notes by Christopher Gunning © 2019


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


Track-specific metadata for SIGCD593 track 5

Recording date
6 April 2019
Recording venue
BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, Wales
Recording producer
Christopher Gunning
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch & Mike Cox
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  1. Gunning: Symphonies Nos 2, 10 & 12 (SIGCD593)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: December 2019
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