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Sort of the “Become Ocean” of its day.
William Henry Fry (1813-1864)
Tony Rowe conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
To hear other works in my Neglected Symphonies series, click here.
classical music, music videos
neglected symphonies, symphony, William Henry Fry
December 22, 2015
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Cool piece. More symphonic poem than symphony. Parts of it remind me of Berlioz even down to the sometimes awkward orchestration. I like Fry’s Santa Claus Symphony too.
By the way, did you know the conductor Tony Rowe is also a math professor at Cal State Northridge?
It is a cool piece and I would love to hear it live. Apparently it has some unusual instrumentation.
Btw, Chris, it’s the first American symphony on my list. Did you know Fry was also a music critic?
Did not know about Rowe!
I did notice that this is the first American symphony on this list. Good choice! Didn’t know Fry was a critic as well…no one’s perfect, I guess.
I’m also struck by the fact that Fry would call this work a “symphony” in 1854 since it’s really more a symphonic poem. I don’t know of another composer that called a one-movement creation like this a symphony at that time. Seems quite daring.
You’re quite right, Chris. Perhaps there is something in the form, though, that made him call it a symphony. I’ll have to listen again to get the structure of it.
I listened to the Fry “symphony” again, the other day, Chris. In the last portion of the piece he recapitulates the themes, or material, from the beginning. Maybe he was thinking that made it a symphony.
Yes, that could have been his reasoning for calling it a symphony. Still that would be more relevant for one movement. Regardless, I still find it a fascinating title…and a cool piece.
Reblogged this on classical life and commented:
Worth hearing again.
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