Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra;
“My Symphony No. 1 is dedicated to Sir John Barbirolli, who conducted its first performance at the 1950 Cheltenham Festival. Although the work adheres to the traditional four-movement symphony its use of germinal seeds already hints at the new symphonic paths I was to tread in the three symphonies which followed within the same decade.
Symphony No. 3 was commissioned by the BBC in 1954 and completed in 1956. The work is dedicated to the then controller of the BBC Richard Howgill. The work received its first performance on 10th October 1956 at the Royal Festival Hall given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham. Sir John Barbirolli, who had previously given the first performances of Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2, should have conducted the première but, owing to illness, was unable to do so. •
The thematic ideas on which the whole symphony is based are stated clearly and I hope concisely in the first few pages. It is a stormy and passionate work, strongly rhythmic in the outer movements but finding tranquillity and repose in the middle movement and in the closing pages of the symphony.”
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