Peter Mennin: Moby Dick & Symphony No. 3

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Peter Mennin: Moby Dick & Symphony No. 3



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30th July 2012




57 minutes


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Peter Mennin: Moby Dick & Symphony No. 3


Moby Dick - Concertato for Orchestra

Symphony No. 3

Symphony No. 7 ‘Variation-Symphony’



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Peter Mennin was a leading member of the school of American symphonic composers who came of age in the 1930s and 1940s, a group that includes David Diamond, William Schuman and others. Cast in a traditional design of three movements in a fast-slow-fast pattern, Symphony No. 3 is a work of great contrapuntal energy, percussive accents and propulsive rhythms. The composer described the passionate slow movement as “an extended song ... making use of sustained voice-weaving.” Symphony No. 7 develops in a single movement of remarkable contrasts and intensity. An exception to Mennin’s “pure” compositional approach, the concertato Moby Dick depicts “the emotional impact of the novel as a whole.” This recording has been acclaimed as “a fine tribute to an inexplicably neglected figure of the century’s American music scene” (Chicago Tribune).

Peter Mennin: Concertato, "Moby Dick"

Concertato, "Moby Dick"

Peter Mennin: Symphony No. 3

I. Allegro robusto

II. Andante moderato

III. Allegro assai

Peter Mennin: Symphony No. 7, "Variation-Symphony"

Symphony No. 7, "Variation-Symphony"

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