This is a 33 minute throwback-to-the-19th-Century composition for a full symphony orchestra with extra brass (2 trumpets, 2 horns, and 2 trombones) expected to play from the balcony - an idea that I stole from Respighi (who probably stole it from Mahler!).
Anton Bruckner is perhaps my biggest inspiration as will be evident in the finale, but shades of Beethoven, Brahms, and Berlioz (inter alia) might also be apparent. I’ve therefore titled it a Nineteenth Century Overture, although I may change the title to just “The Nineteenth Century”.
Among the key features are an English horn solo accompanied by strings (Rehearsal Letter D) , and a melodic passage for the violas (to atone for all of those dreadful jokes at which I chuckled as a smug violin player!). This is at Rehearsal Letter P
Please listen to the audio score on the Musescore site while noting that
- the sound quality is not as good as the playback directly from the Musescore program,
- Tympani rolls and string tremolos are approximate.
- there might be some audio distortion in some of the tutti passages , particularly in the finale.
Regardless, I hope that the overall rendering is adequate enough for your feedback which will be DEEPLY appreciated!
Many thanks in advance.