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Charles Ives
Friday, November 1, 2019

G. Schirmer & Associated Music Publishers is pleased to announce that a digital download of our critical edition to Charles Ives' Symphony No. 4 is now for sale by Classical On Demand.

Watch the BBC Proms performance
by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and pianist Ralph van Raat, conducted David Robertson
 

For those interested in hearing a live performance of Symphony No. 4, it (along with Ives' Pulitzer Prize-winning Symphony No. 3 "The Camp Meeting") will be performed by Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic February 27-29, 2020, as part of the orchestra's centennial season.
February 27: Ives Symphony No. 3
February 28 and 29 : Ives Symphony No. 4

To celebrate the occasion, we have compiled a chronological selection of other "American Symphonies" from across the decades, which both support and challenge the notion of an American Symphony as it manifests in the protean works of Charles Ives.

Stephen Albert
RiverRun (1983) (PULITZER PRIZE) 33 minutes
3(pic,afl)2+ca.2(Ebcl)+bcl(asx).2+cbn/4.3.3.1/timp.perc.vib/2hp.pf/str
Listen on Spotify | View the score

George Antheil
Symphony No. 3, "American" (1939, rev. 1946) 25 minutes
2.2.2.2/4.3.3.1/timp.3perc/str
Listen on Spotify | View the score

Elliott Carter
A Symphony of Three Orchestras (1976) 17 minutes
Orch I: 0000/3.2.2+btbn.1/timp/str(8.0.4.3.2)
Orch II: 0.0.2(bcl)+Ebcl.0/0000/chm.vib.xyl/mba/str(2.0.0.3.1)
Orch III: 2+pic.2+ca.0.2+cbn/2.0.0.0/perc/str(8.0.4.0.2)
Listen on Spotify | View the score

Carlos Chávez
Symphony No. 2, "Sinfonía India" (1935) 11 minutes
2+2pic.3.2+ebcl+bcl.3/4.2.2.0/timp.4perc/hp/str
Listen on Spotify | View the score

John Corigliano
Symphony No. 2 (2000) (PULITZER PRIZE) 40 minutes
String Orchestra (6.5.4.4.2 players minimum)
Listen on Spotify | View the score

Henry Cowell
Symphony No. 16, "Icelandic" (1962) 22 minutes
2.2.2.2/2.2.2.1/timp.2perc/hp/str
Alternate Orchestration: 3.3.3.3/4.2.2.1/timp.2perc/str
Listen on Spotify | View the score

Richard Danielpour
Symphony No. 3, "Journey Without Distance" (1990) 30 minutes
Soprano; SATB chorus; 3(pic).2(ca).3(bcl).2(cbn)/4331/timp.3perc/amp pf(cel).hp/str
Listen on Spotify | View the score

Anthony Davis
Amistad Symphony (2009) 35 minutes
Mezzo-Soprano; 4(pic)3(ca)4(2bcl)4(cbn)/4.4.2+btbn.1/timp.3perc+dmkit/hp/str
Mvt I: Esu Variations | Mvt. II: Amistad, Act II, Scene 7 | Mvt. III: Tales (Tails) of the Signifying Monkey

David Diamond
Symphony No. 4 (1945) 16 minutes
4.4.4.4/6.4.3.1/timp.perc.xyl/2hp.pf/str
Alternate Orchestration: 3.3.3.3/4.4.3.1/timp.perc.xyl/2hp.pf/str
Listen on Spotify | View the score (reduced orchestration)

Julius Eastman
Symphony No. II, "The Faithful Friend: The Lover Friend's Love for the Beloved" (1983) 22 minutes
3.2+2ca.0+3bcl+3cbcl.3+3cbn/0.0.3.3/6timp/str
Article in The New York Times | View the score

Philip Glass
Symphony No. 5, "Requiem, Bardo, Nirmanakaya" (1999) 1 hour, 41 minutes
Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Bass; SATB chorus; children's choir;
2+pic.2.2+Ebcl+bcl.2/4.3.2+btbn.1/4perc/hp.pf/str
Listen on Spotify | View the score: Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3

John Harbison
Symphony No. 3 (1990) 24 minutes
3(pic).3(ca).3(bcl).3(cbn)/4.3.3.1/timp.4perc/pf/str
Listen on Spotify | View the score

Charles Ives
Symphony No. 3, "The Camp Meeting" (1904) (PULITZER PRIZE, 1947) 22 minutes
1.1.1.1/2.2.0.0/bells/str
Listen on Spotify | View the score

Aaron Jay Kernis
Symphony No. 4, "Chromelodeon" (2018) 26 minutes
3(pic).3(ca).3(Ebcl,bcl).3(cbn)/4.3.2+btbn.1/timp.5perc/hp.pf(cel)/str
Watch on YouTube | View the score

Florence Price
Symphony No. 3 in C Minor (1940) 22 minutes
3+pic.2+ca.2+bcl.2/4.3.3.1/timp.perc/hp/str
Watch on YouTube | View the score

Gunther Schuller
Symphony for Brass and Percussion (1950) 18 minutes
4hn, 6tpt, 3tbn, bar, 2tba, timp, 2perc
Listen on Spotify | View the score

William Schuman
Symphony No. 6 (1948) 27 minutes
3(pic)2+ca.2+bcl.2+cbn/4331/timp.2[+1]perc/str
Listen on Spotify | View the score

William Grant Still
Afro-American Symphony (1930) 24 minutes
3(pic).3.4.2/4.3.3.1/timp.3perc/hp.cel.bjo/str
Listen on Spotify

Carlos Surinach
Sinfonia Chica [Small Symphony] (1957) 16 minutes
2.2.2.2/2.1.0.0/timp.perc/str
View the score

Tan Dun
Heaven Earth Mankind (Symphony 1997) (1997) 65 minutes
Children's Chorus; solo cello; bianzhong bells; 2(2pic).2.2(bcl).2(cbn)/4.3.3.1/4perc/hp.pf/str; tape
Listen on Spotify | View the score

Olly Wilson
Hold On (Symphony No. 3) (1998) 40 minutes
2+pic+afl.2+ca.2+bcl.2/4.3(pictpt).3.1/timp.3perc/pf.hp/str
View the score

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich
Symphony No. 1 (Three Movements for Orchestra) (1982) (PULITZER PRIZE) 18 minutes
2(pic).2(ca).2(bcl).2(cbn)/4.2.3.1/timp.3perc/pf.hp/str
Listen on Spotify | View the score

For more information, please contact Andrew Stein-Zeller.


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