Symphony No. 3 (Sessions)

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The Symphony No. 3 of Roger Sessions was written in 1957. It was a result of a commission by the Koussevitzky Foundation to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and was premiered by the Boston Symphony on December 6, 1957, conducted by Charles Munch.[1] Sessions later was commissioned by the Boston Symphony on their centenary, when he provided them with his Concerto for Orchestra (premiered 1981).

Instrumentation[edit]

It is scored for three flutes, three oboes, four clarinets, three bassoons, four horns, two trumpets, three trombones, one tuba, timpani, percussion, a celesta, a harp and strings.[2]

Structure[edit]

It is in four movements:

  1. Allegro grazioso e con fuoco[3]
  2. Allegro, un poco ruvido[3]
  3. Andante sostenuto e con affetto[3]
  4. Allegro con fuoco[3]

Recordings[edit]

  1. Igor Buketoff, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (1968?, RCA) (CRI CD)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Anniversary Commissions". Retrieved 6 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "Welcome to Presser Online". Presser. Retrieved 7 August 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Notes to recording of symphonies 1-3". Composers Recordings International. Retrieved 6 August 2009.