SYMPHONY No. 1 (1976)
Duration: 22 Minutes
I. Maestoso -- Allegro Vivace -- Maestoso
II. Con Brio -- Largo -- Leggero
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.