Symphony No. 1 (Sessions)

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The Symphony No. 1 of Roger Sessions is a symphony in three movements, in E minor.

The three movements are as follows:[1]

  1. Giusto
  2. Largo
  3. Allegro vivace

It was completed in January 1927,[2] and premiered by Serge Koussevitzky and the Boston Symphony Orchestra on April 22, 1927.[3] It was dedicated to Sessions' father Archibald.[2]

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.[4]


  1. ^ "DRAM Online: Sessions Symphonies 1-3". Retrieved 20 December 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Prausnitz, page 83.
  3. ^ Prausnitz, page 89.
  4. ^ "Welcome to Presser Online". Presser. Retrieved 20 December 2009. 


  • Prausnitz, Frederik. Roger Sessions: How a "Difficult" Composer Got That Way. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. ISBN 0-19-510892-2