Symphony 8
in B flat minor, 1949

Sketched between 25 January 1949 and 27 March 1949;  revised sketch 11 April 1949
FS completed 17 May 1949

3 flutes (1 also picc), 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 3 bassoons (1 also contra), 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, euphonium, bass drum, 3 side drums, triangle, tambourine, cymbals, castanets, tam-tam, xylophone, glockenspiel, organ ad lib*, harp, piano, strings
*organ added 1971

in one movement 
(nominally 27)  

[a] Schwarz (22:42)  [b] Fredman (22:43)  [c] Groves/EMI (24:35)

United Music Publishers Limited
(Musica Viva published a facsimile study score in 1973, now out of print)

 

Reading

The symphonies of Havergal Brian - Malcolm MacDonald / volume 1 chapter 10 - see bibliography

 

Performances

1 February 1954 [first performance] . BBC live studio broadcast (BBC Maida Vale)
London Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Sir Adrian Boult

2 February 1954 . BBC live studio broadcast (BBC Maida Vale)
London Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Sir Adrian Boult

20 December 1958 . live BBC studio broadcast (Third Programme [BBC Radio 3])
BBC Symphony Orchestra, conductor Rudolf Schwarz

27 June 1971 (BBC broadcast) . studio recording
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Myer Fredman

 

Commercial recording

25-26 July 1977. Abbey Road, London / EMI
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Sir Charles Groves

Thoughts on ASD3486 - Ted Heaton


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