Symphony in E-flat (Stravinsky)
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The Symphony in E-flat major, Op. 1, is the first work composed by Igor Stravinsky during his apprenticeship with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. It is also his first composition for orchestra. Of classical structure, it is broadly influenced by Rimsky-Korsakov, Glazunov, Tchaikovsky and Wagner. It was composed in 1905-1907 and revised in 1913. It lasts for about forty minutes.
The score bears the dedication "To my dear teacher Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov". A private performance was given on 27 April 1907 by the court orchestra conducted by imperial Kapellmeister H. Wahrlich, in a concert that also included the first performance of Faun and Shepherdess. However, the official first performance of the work only took place on 22 January 1908. Stravinsky later recalled that both Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov considered the orchestration "too heavy".
Stravinsky incorporated a Russian popular song into this movement, the shortest of the symphony.
The longest movement of the symphony, lasting almost fifteen minutes.
- Stravinsky's recording of this symphony in his collected works on Sony Classical was recorded by the Columbia Symphony Orchestra in 1966.
- André Boucourechliev, Igor Stravinsky, Fayard, coll. « Les indispensables de la musique », France, 1982 (ISBN 2-213-02416-2).
- François-René Tranchefort, Guide de la musique symphonique, Fayard, coll. « Les Indispensables de la musique », France, 1986 (ISBN 2-213-01638-0).
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