Symphony No.2

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Rob Keeley

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Composer Rob Keeley
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Duration

ca. 21'

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Catalogue ID ce-rk1s2

Notes

My 2nd Symphony, written very quickly after my 1st in 1996, was given its first performance in May 2008 by the Kensington Symphony Orchestra conducted by Russell Keable.

Written for a ‘classical’, Beethoven-sized orchestra (although with an important and quite soloistic part for the harp), it follows, broadly a classical form:

1. Sonata Allegro, followed by

2. Scherzo with two (related) trios,

3. Slow movement (this is entirely new apart from the dance-like coda) and

4. a cheerful, vigorous Rondo.

I have since revised the work, making numerous little tweaks and cuts, clarifying a harmony there, refining a melody there. If the benign shade of 1940’s Stravinsky can be detected in this piece, I’d be very happy.