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Duration: 22 minutes

SYMPHONY No. 1 (1976)

I.  Maestoso -- Allegro Vivace -- Maestoso
II.  Con Brio -- Largo -- Leggero

Orchestra
2 Flutes (1st doubles Piccolo), Alto Flute, 2 Oboes, English Horn, 2 B-flat Clarinets, Bass Clarinet, 2 E-flat Alto Saxophones, 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns, B-flat Piccolo Trumpet, 3 C Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Tuba, 4 Percussionists (Xylophone, Vibraphone, Marimba, Glockenspiel, Tam-tam, 2 Suspended Cymbals, 5 Timpani), Strings

My first symphony was composed as my Master's Thesis at the University of Pennsylvania.  While I no longer actively pursue finding performances for the work, I list it here simply for the sake of completeness, and also because, given that it is housed in the Fleischer Collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia, it is technically published.

It's not without its attractive features, I think, especially with the two alto saxophones coloring the score in an interesting way.  There is a motif derived from Machaut's chanson "De petit po" and the second movement opens with a Machaut-style ballade of my own devising.  The piccolo trumpet part is a bit over-the-top, perhaps, going for a manic sort of Second Brandenburg agility and altitude.

Below is a short-score view of the opening of the symphony.

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