Symphony No. 6 (Sessions)

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The Symphony No. 6 of Roger Sessions, a symphony written using the twelve-tone technique, was composed in 1966. It was commissioned by the state of New Jersey and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.[1]

The premiere was a disaster, with the finale still incomplete and the first movement played as a finale to make up for this;[2] it was given its first complete performance by the Juilliard Orchestra in March 1977.[3] It was published by 1976.[4]

It has three movements:[5]

  1. Allegro
  2. Adagio e tranquillo[6]
  3. Allegro moderato

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wright, David C.F. "Roger Sessions(American Composer)". Retrieved 8 May 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ Wright.
  3. ^ "News Section". Tempo (New Series) (London, England: Boosey & Hawkes) (121): 49. June 1977. ISSN 0040-2982. OCLC 1767255.  However, Wright gives an earlier date, of November 1966.
  4. ^ Swift, Richard; Sessions, Roger; Persichetti, Vincent (December 1976). "Review of Publications of Sessions' Symphony No. 6 and Persichetti's Symphony No. 8". Notes (Second Series): Journal of the Music Library Association (Philadelphia, PA: Music Library Association) 33 (2): 406–7. doi:10.2307/897603. ISSN 0027-4380. JSTOR 897603. OCLC 45595520. 
  5. ^ "Track listing for the Argo Recording of Symphonies 6, 7 and 9". Retrieved 8 May 2009. 
  6. ^ Opening is quoted as example 7 in Imbrie. Imbrie, Andrew (1972). "The Symphonies of Roger Sessions". Tempo (New Series) (Cambridge University Press) (103): 24–32. ISSN 0040-2982. JSTOR 943951. OCLC 1767255.