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Symphony No 1 G Minor ("The Muse in the Attic")

By Joseph Dillon Ford

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Full Orchestra - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Joseph Dillon Ford. 20th Century, Neo-Classical. Score, Set of Parts. 135 pages. Published by David Warin Solomons (S0.426017).

Item Number: S0.426017

The intensely dramatic first movement Allegro, in sonata form, evokes the Sturm und Drang of late-eighteenth-century Viennese neoclassicism.

The 2nd movement, known simply as "Andantino" in its symphonic form, began life as "Geisterreigen" ("Dance of the Spirits")--one of the Four Romantic Piano Pieces. It carries forth the pathos of the Sonatine in E Minor of the same series, but here there is less turbulence and more somber dignity. Structurally, the piece might be described as a scherzo with double trio.

The theme and most of the coda of the dramatic finale comprise a nearly literal orchestration of Beethoven's setting for voice and piano of "The Sweetest Lad Was Jamie," Op. 108, No. 5.
Within this framework, fifteen original variations have been interpolated, some of which emphasize the original folksong melody, but many of which are polyphonically complex or otherwise extremely free iterations of or allusions to the borrowed material.

The pdf file contains all three scores and all parts

The sound sample is an electronic preview of the whole symphony (30 minutes)

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