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Symphony No.2 ‘The Widening Gyre’ (Prevew)

by Anthony Ritchie | Orchestra

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! ! ment, but all evolve in some way or other from the constantly twisting, turning melodic line that appears at the start. Used in close canon, this melody represents the intertwining DNA molecule, hence the title of the movement, Double Helix. ° 4 4 B 4 œYœ œ œ œY œ œ œ œ œœYœ œ œ œ œ Yœ œœYœ œ œœ œ œœœ œ p œYœ œ œ œ œ œ Yœ p œYœ œ œ œ œ œ Yœ p # >> 4 œYœ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ Yœ œ œ œ Yœ œ œ œ Yœ œ œ œ Yœœ œ œYœœYœ œ œ œœ p f # >> ¢ 4 œYœ œ œ œ œ œ Yœ œYœœYœ œ œ œ œ œYœœYœ œ œ œ œ œ Yœ œ Yœ œ œ œ œ p œYœœYœ œ œ œ œ œYœœ œ œ œœ Yœ Y œ œY>> œœ œYœ >> œYœ œ œ œœ œYœ >> œYœ œ œ œ œ œYœœYœ œ œ œ œ œ Yœ œ Yœ œ œ œ œ Fig.5: “DNA” melodic line in strings (Movement III, mm.25–28) Discovered recently in our history, genetics are playing an increasingly significant role in our future. This music looks forward with the hope that genetics will be used in a positive way. It also acknowledges that we carry with us the characteristics of previous generations (covering a whole millennium and more!), and that the future will be significantly shaped by these characteristics. At the same time we need to learn from the hard lessons of previous generations in order to make progress. Consequently, the symphony has an optimistic and celebratory end, which is tempered by a sense of warning. In the coda, the threads of double helix motifs are combined with a return of the main theme from the first movement, played on full brass. f f f f Instrumentation 2 Flutes (2. dbl. Piccolo) 2 Oboes Clarinet in EÏ 2 Clarinets in A/BÏ 2 Bassoons 4 Horns in F 2 Trumpets in C 2 Trombones Bass Trombone Tuba Timpani 2 Percussion (bass drum, crash cymbals, glockenspiel, hammer, log drum, marimba, poi, suspended cymbals (large and small), tam-tam, tom toms, xylophone, tubular bells) Harp Piano (dbl. 88-key electric keyboard—the choice of electric keyboard sound in the third movement is left to the performer and/or conductor.) Strings Transposed score (total duration: 31 minutes) Dedicated to Sandy UME17S – vi

Flute 1 Flute 2 Oboe 1 Oboe 2 Clarinet in Eb Clarinet 1 in A Clarinet 2 in A Bassoon 1 Bassoon 2 Anthony Ritchie Symphony No.2 (‘The Widening Gyre’) (1999) STRATEGEM OF TRUMPETS Lento q = 54 ° ! 4 ∑ ? ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ! 4 ∑ ? ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ! 4 ∑ ? ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ! 4 ∑ ? ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ # ¢ 4 ∑ ? ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ Œ ‰ soli œ j ‰ ˙˙ p espr. œ j œ œ ‰ ˙˙ œ j œ Yœ œ . œœY Y œ 3 4 3 4 3 4 3 4 3 4 Horn 1 in F Horn 3 in F Horn 2 in F Horn 4 in F Trumpet 1 in C Trumpet 2 in C ° ! 4 ∑ ? ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ! 4 ∑ ? ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ con sord. ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ œ J œ œ J œ œ œ œ œ J œ œ J œ œ œ œ œ J œ œ J œ œ œ œ œ J œ œ J œ œ œ œ pp lontano ! 4 ∑ ? ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ 3 4 3 4 3 4 Trombone 1 Trombone 2 Bass Trombone Tuba Timpani Percussion 1 Percussion 2 Harp Piano Violin I Violin II Viola Violoncello Double Bass # ¢ 4 ∑ ? ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ Bass Drum ° / 4 ∑ ? æY æY { { # 4 ∑ ? ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ # 4 ∑ ? ∑ ∑ ? æ ¢ / 4 A Tam-tam ppp ! 4 ∑ ? ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ # 4 ∑¯ ! 4 ∑ ? ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ # 4 ∑¯ Lento q = 54 p fluctuate dynamics yarn mallets strike from rim to middle and back again pp drag rubber ball across drum head, describing circles æ A æ A ˙æ æY æ A Y˙æ æ ˙ æY æ A Y˙æ æ ˙ æY æ A ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ° ! 4 ∑ ? ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ! 4 ∑ ? ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ B 4 ∑ ? ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ # 4 ∑ ? ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ # ¢ 4 ∑ ? ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ ∑ Y˙æ æ ˙ æY æ A Y˙æ æ ˙ æY æ A Y˙æ æ ˙ æY æ A Y˙æ 3 4 3 4 3 4 3 4 3 4 3 4 3 4 3 4 3 4 3 4 3 4 3 4 3 4 3 4 Symphony No.2 (‘The Widening Gyre’) © 1999 Anthony Ritchie This edition © 2018 Promethean Editions Limited UME17S – 1 ISMN: 979-0-67452-285-4

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