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Re: Top 5 Imaginary Symphonies
« Reply #20 on: August 27, 2015, 10:25:59 PM »
It definitely exists - there's a photo of the manuscript parts on this page http://www.robinmilfordtrust.org.uk/milfwork.htm



That's very exciting news. I'm sure I read somewhere that Milford had withdrawn it and I wondered if it had been destroyed - but clearly not. Thank you for posting this - maybe we will hear it one day. In the meantime his Violin Concerto and The Darling Thrush (after Thomas Hardy) are both beautiful and memorable works, very much in the English pastoral tradition.
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Re: Top 5 Imaginary Symphonies
« Reply #21 on: August 27, 2015, 10:29:56 PM »
[I know nothing about Milford, I'm just indulging in a bit of goggling...]


At first sight it appears you can hear it, too, on this page http://www.robinmilford.co.uk/musrm_orch.htm but I just followed the links and they go nowhere. Nevertheless, it suggests there's a recording somewhere out there, doesn't it?

Odd, though - that page distinguishes between his Symphony no 1 (date unknown) and his First Symphony op 34 from 1933. Any ideas on that?

Also very interesting news. It looks like you can request the parts. Maybe Dutton will record this as they issued The Darkling Thrush recently.
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Re: Top 5 Imaginary Symphonies
« Reply #22 on: September 16, 2020, 02:12:16 PM »
Castelnuovo-Tedesco: A symphony inspired by some Biblical topic would have been excellent to hear.

Pierné: A folksy symphony based on Spanish and French melodies.

Ciurlionis: A vast symphony that included wordless chorus depicting some of his thought-provoking paintings.

Ireland: A symphony inspired by some legend à la Mai-Dun or something like that.

Respighi: A late symphony inspired by Da Vinci's paintings.


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Haydn: A 105th (or 108th?) symphony just because more than 100 are not enough.  :P  ;D

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Re: Top 5 Imaginary Symphonies
« Reply #23 on: September 16, 2020, 02:43:20 PM »
Haydn: A 105th (or 108th?) symphony just because more than 100 are not enough.  :P  ;D
I'll be more specific: Haydn's Symphony No. 111, composed within mere days after the still-healthy old fella attended a performance of Beethoven's Fifth.

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Re: Top 5 Imaginary Symphonies
« Reply #24 on: September 16, 2020, 05:10:50 PM »
I'll be more specific: Haydn's Symphony No. 111, composed within mere days after the still-healthy old fella attended a performance of Beethoven's Fifth.

I'm pretty sure it would be a real hit!

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Re: Top 5 Imaginary Symphonies
« Reply #25 on: September 16, 2020, 06:47:58 PM »
Jeffrey Lebowski: Symphony No. 1 "Abide"
Jeffrey Lebowski: Symphony No. 2 "The Caucasian"

Not sure he would've ever found time to compose any more.

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Re: Top 5 Imaginary Symphonies
« Reply #26 on: September 17, 2020, 01:02:37 AM »
A symphony from Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel.
She did write an overture. Having done so, she performed it at one of her in-house concerts. For that, she must have written out all the parts, gone through a number of rehearsals, etc. After the performance, nothing; because she was barred from publishing and she would not have wanted to fill her concerts with re-runs of her own works. So, imagine all that hard work for such a small reward. She also wrote some choral works with similar results. To write a full symphony would have stretched her limited resources too far: so, if only. . .
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Re: Top 5 Imaginary Symphonies
« Reply #27 on: September 17, 2020, 05:23:45 AM »
I would love to have an opportunity to hear the originally planned Shostakovich Symphony No. 9 with soloists, chorus, and orchestra which would have been a wonderful culmination to the "War Cycle".  I also wouldn't mind a Prokofiev No. 8 (though I love the mysterious and evocative ending to his No. 7) and Rachmaninoff No. 4. 

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Re: Top 5 Imaginary Symphonies
« Reply #28 on: September 17, 2020, 06:17:17 AM »
The symphonies Richard Wagner intended to compose after Parsifal. RW's non-dramatic oeuvre is meagre and, with just a couple of exceptions, not particularly impressive (and his early symphonies are very derivative, a young compsoer trying to emulate Beethoven), but the mature Wagner could have had something intersting to say in the genre. Alas, that was not to be...
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