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James Macmillan: Symphony No. 4: Orchestra

Study Score | Orchestra
Composer James Macmillan
Publisher Boosey and Hawkes
Instrumentation Orchestra

Unlike MacMillan’s first three symphonies Symphony no 4 (2014–15) is essentially abstract. Here he is interested in the interplay of different types of material, following upon a fascination with music as ritual that has stretched from Monteverdi in the early 17th century through to Boulez and Birtwistle in the present day. There are four distinct archetypes in this work, which can be viewed as rituals of movement, exhortation, petition and joy. It is also a homage to Robert Carver (c1487–after 1566), the most important Scottish composer of the High Renaissance. There are allusions to Carver’s 10-voice Mass Dum sacrum mysterium embedded in the symphony, and at a number of points it emerges from across the centuries in a more discernible form: the vocal lines are muted and muffled, literally in the distance, as they are played delicately by the back desks of the violas, cellos and double basses.

Product Type Study Score
Duration 0:37:00
Release Date 2017
Pages 152
ISMN 9790060132162
ISBN 9781784542078
Edition Number BH 13216
Catalog No. BH13216
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