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Symphony in the form of a rhapsody : full orchestra

by Richard Charlton (2007)

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From the CD Assorted choral & orchestra works

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Library shelf no. CD 2297 [Available for loan]

Symphony in the form of a rhapsody


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Symphony in the form of a rhapsody / R. Charlton

Library shelf no. Q 784.2/CHA 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

The dictionary describes a Rhapsody as an enthusiastic, ecstatic, or extravagant utterance or composition. A piece of music in one extended movement, usually emotional in character. In writing this piece I felt that all of these descriptions applied, and composing a symphony in this day and age is a pretty extravagant gesture in itself. In terms of language it is essentially "neo-romantic" in style and follows the typical symphonic construction of "sonata" form. Two of the main themes share the same "motive" (a drop of a 7th) and some material utilises the "whole tone" scale but with underlying diatonic harmony.

Work Details

Year: 2007

Instrumentation: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons, 4 horns in F, 2 trumpets in B flat, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, glockenspiel, strings.

Duration: 12 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Tertiary/professional

Dedication note: Dedicated to North Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Steven Hillinger. This work is dedicated to my friend Steven Hillinger and to the North Sydney Symphony Orchestra in thanks for their support of my music

Commission note: Commissioned by Steven Hillinger for performance by North Sydney Symphony Orchestra.. Commissioned for the Anniversary Concerts of the North Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

First performance: by Steven Hillinger, North Sydney Symphony Orchestra — 2 Nov 07. Northside Baptist Church, Crows Nest, Sydney


Performances of this work

6 Jul 2009: at Twilight Concert at the Country Club (Lane Cove Country Club). Featuring Lane Cove Youth Orchestra, Mark Brown.

2 Nov 07: Northside Baptist Church, Crows Nest, Sydney. Featuring Steven Hillinger, North Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

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