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Symphony No.2 - First Movement. Op 7

Jonathan Mitchell
Year of composition
Difficult (Grades 7+)
Classical music
Instrumental parts
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The first movement of the Second Symphony is a lively Rondo. The 'A'-section is an unusual, anthem-like entry which is used to signal the episodes. There are three distinct episodes (B, C, D), the first of which is a simple melody which is interplayed between various instruments. The second episode is more longing, with a two-horn lead. The third episode is dynamic, with a powerful harp underpinning a minor theme. Throughout, rapid semiquaver octaves passed between instruments keep a sense of continuity to the hectic mood.

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