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Symphony for Sheffield, Mvt 1.

Composer
Year of composition
1976
Lyricist
none
Difficulty
Difficult (Grades 7+)
Duration
11 minutes
Genre
Modern classical music
Instrumentation
Orchestra
Instrumental parts
Not available

This started life as the Four River Suite, but was always going to be a symphony about Sheffield told through its rivers. Writing it was a coping mechanism for the stress of University exams. Other students took their exams more seriously, so we couldn't get an orchestra to play the first movement after I had written it out long-hand, score and parts. Realised with Sibelius, I corrected most glaring errors, reduced the instrumentation (no alto flute) and present it after 30 years' wait. Mail me if you would like the parts.

Sheffield's rivers start high on the moors, drip and drain through peaty moss, gathering into sprightly streams. Many are dammed for water-supply, but even this cannot halt the forward progress. More and more tunes contribute to the mix as the waters run down towards the city.

The following movements continue the story.

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