Symphony 18

3 movements, 1961†, 15:30

Composed between mid/late February and mid May 1961

2 flutes (1 also piccolo), 2 oboes (1 also cor anglais), 2 clarinets (1 also bass clarinet), 2 bassoons (1 also contra), 4 horns , 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, tambourine, triangle, bass drum, 1-3 side drums, cymbals, xylophone, glockenspiel, harp, strings

I Allegro moderato, A minor [152 bars]
II Adagio poco, free tonality [97 bars]
III Allegro e marcato sempre – Lento marcia e sostenuto molto e pesante – Allegro, E major [125 bars]

assigned to Musica Viva, 1972, hire only
transferred to United Music Publishers Limited, 1985 and now United Music Publishing Ltd

Timings

Pickard 1988Friend 1993
I Allegro moderato4:02
II Adagio poco5:48
III Allegro e marcato sempre – Lento marcia e sostenuto molto e pesante – Allegro4:27
Total14:1414:17

Articles

Symphonies 16 to 19: Style and manner – Martin O’Leary

Performances

26 February 1962 [first performance] St Pancras Town Hall, London
Polyphonia Orchestra, conductor Bryan Fairfax
20 October 1974
11 June 1975 BBC Radio 3
New Philharmonia Orchestra, conductor Bryan Fairfax
August 1988 Piggotts Music Camp
Music camp workshop, conductor John Pickard
27 November 1989
Staffordshire Symphony Orchestra, conductor Johnson
12–15 January 1993 Studio 1, BBC Broadcasting House, Glasgow
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conductor Lionel Friend

Recordings

Aries LP 1611
20 October 1974
New Philharmonia Orchestra, conductor Bryan Fairfax
Naxos 8.557775 released May 2005
12–15 January 1993 Studio 1, BBC Broadcasting House, Glasgow
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conductor Lionel Friend
The Marco Polo cycle – David J Brown