Symphony No. 1 (Sessions)
The three movements are as follows:
- Allegro vivace
It is scored for three flutes (one doubling piccolo), three oboes (one doubling English horn), four clarinets, three bassoons, four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, one tuba, timpani, percussion, piano, and strings.
Andrea Olmstead describes all of Sessions's symphonies as "serious" and "funereal".
- Roger Sessions: Symphony No. 1; William Bergsma: Music on a Quiet Theme; Russell Smith: Tetrameron. Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra [ihon Firuhamoni Kokyo Gakudan], Akeo Watanabe, cond. (Sessions and Smith); William Strickland, cond. (Bergsma). LP recording, 1 disc: analog, monaural, 33⅓ 12 in. CRI 131. New York: Composers Recordings Inc., 1960. Reissued as part of Roger Sessions: Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3. CD recording, 1 disc: analog/digital, 4¾ in., stereo. CRI Records, CR573. New York: Composers Recordings Inc., 1990. Reissued again on CD as New World Records NWCR573. New York: Recorded Anthology of American Music, Inc., 2007.
- Prausnitz, page 83.
- Prausnitz, page 89.
- Olmstead, page 356.
- Anonymous. "Roger Sessions". Theodore Presser website (accessed 29 August 2015).
- Olmstead, Andrea. Roger Sessions: A Biography. New York: Routledge, 2012. ISBN 9781135868925.
- Prausnitz, Frederik. Roger Sessions: How a "Difficult" Composer Got That Way. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. ISBN 0-19-510892-2
- Sessions, Roger. Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3. CD recording, 1 disc: digital, 4¾ in., stereo. CRI Records, CR573. New York: Composers Recordings Inc., 1990. Reissued as NWCR573 by Anthology of Recorded Music, Inc., 2007. Cited on DRAM website (accessed 18 August 2015).
- Imbrie, Andrew. "The Symphonies of Roger Sessions". Tempo (new series), no. 103 (December 1972): 24–32.
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