Symphony No. 8 (Sessions)

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The Symphony No. 8 of Roger Sessions was composed in 1968.[1]

It is a work in two movements lasting together about fourteen minutes:[1]

  1. Adagio e mesto
  2. Allegro con brio

Noteworthy in the context of Sessions' symphonies is the use of maracas in the first movement.

The symphony was premiered on May 2, 1968 by the New York Philharmonic conducted by William Steinberg.[1]


  1. Prausnitz, Frederik, New Philharmonia Orchestra on Argo LP ZRG 701. Part of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation series. Issued around 1973. With Sessions' Rhapsody for Orchestra and works by other composers, e.g. Wallingford Riegger and Thea Musgrave.
  2. Botstein, Leon, American Symphony Orchestra on New World Records 80631. Issued in 2005. With works by Aaron Copland, George Perle and Bernard Rands.


  1. ^ a b c "Notes to a CD Recording of Sessions' Symphony No. 8". Retrieved 21 December 2009.