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Carl Vine

Publisher: Novello & Co

Symphony No. 4.2 (1993)
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Orchestra
Sub Category
Large Orchestra
Year Composed
1993
Duration
18 Minutes
Programme Note
Carl Vine Symphony No. 4.2 (1993)
My fourth symphony follows a line of progression through the preceding three. The bluntness and concision of the first (MicroSymphony) precedes the larger phrases and more surprising turns of the second. The third was conceived as a single large phrase that moves slowly from "darkness" to "light" (or uncertainty to affirmation), a process that is continued in the fourth.

Like its predecessors, the fourth is cast in a single movement comprising a number of discrete sections. The sombre opening is interrupted before evolving into an evasive passage of rhythmic interplay. The climax of this section collapses suddenly to reveal two romantic melodies that again build suddenly and fall away without warning. The Presto that follows would normally be the second movement _ a rapid moto perpetuo built on one note. The presto dies away to a transparent motive on solo piano. This once again evolves then decays, leading to a quiet and reflective finale.

In the 1998 revision to the work (Symphony No. "4.2"), the proportions between these sections has been altered dramatically, and a new presto section precedes the final chorale.

Symphony No. 4 was commissioned by the Sydney Youth Orchestra Association with assistance form the Music Board of the Australia Council.

  • Ensemble
    Sydney Symphony Orchestra
    Conductor
    Edo de Waart
    ABC Classics:
  • Ensemble
    Sydney Symphony Orchestra
    Conductor
    Edo de Waart
Performances
Date
Title
  • 19 AUG 2015
    Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Ulster Orchestra
    Nicholas Braithwaite, conductor
  • 19 AUG 2015
    Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Ulster Orchestra
    Nicholas Braithwaite, conductor
  • 07 APR 2006
    Perth Concert Hall
    West Australian Symphony Orchestra
  • 10 DEC 2005
    Bayerisches Staatsballett, Munich

    Other Dates:
    11,15,18,26,29 December; 21 February 2006; 23 April 2006 - Bayerisches Staatsballett, Munich

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