Symphony II (Benson)
Subtitle: Lost Songs
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Clarinet I-II-III-IV-V-VI
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Contrabass Clarinet I-II
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:
- Bass Drum
- Orchestra Bells
- Sleigh Bells
- Snare Drum (3)
- Suspended Cymbal (3)
- Tams (2)
- Triangle (5)
None discovered thus far.
For Gamma Epsilon Chapter, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Michigan State University Symphonic Band, Stanley DeRusha, conductor; for the dedication of the Clifton and Dolores Wharton Center for the Performing Arts in East Lansing.
- Program note from composer's website
WASBE has over the years provided a platform for some great additions to the repertoire, but works often lost and forgotten. A wonderful piece from the first WASBE Conference in 1981 was Symphony II - Lost Songs, by Warren Benson. This surely is our equivalent to Das Lied von der Erde with a magical ending of the greatest beauty...
- Note by Timothy Reynish
This is a through-composed single-movement work of 27 minutes. Benson dedicated this work to "those wonder bands of my youth: The Fischer YMCA Boys Band, the Cass Technical High School Band, the Leonard Smith Band.
The title reflects the evolution of Benson's melodic ideas for the work: "There are lots of melodies in this work that started as songs but did not end up as complete songs. All composers have melodies which start out as X and end up Y because composers change their minds. They might get three or four different ideas while they're writing but then have to decide what the piece is really about, and it isn't about X, it's about Y. That being said, however, for the large instrumentation of this work, I wrote in a symphonic song-like style.
"The title... does not have any specific programmatic meaning. It is a lengthy serious work which reveals my commitment to simplicity of melodic and harmonic elements...and my interest in resetting rather developing my material. The latter idea may account for the ebb and flow, rise to audibility and fade back, the intrusion sometimes of old material, the persistence of some elements, all of which tend to blur the clarity of formal sections,the exclusivity of content or style in sections usually found in earlier music. Formally then my music is not very tidy in the "old style" sense, rather more complicated and multilayered, as real life experience seems to be."
- Program Note from A Composer's Insight
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None discovered thus far.
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Works for Winds by This Composer
- Adagietto (1992)
- The Beaded Leaf
- Concertino for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble (1955)
- Danzon-Memory (1991)
- Daughter of the Stars (1998)
- Dawn's Early Light (1987)
- Divertissement No. 1 (1993)
- The Drums of Summer (1997)
- Ginger Marmalade (1978)
- Helix (1966)
- The Leaves Are Falling (1964)
- Mask of Night (1968)
- Meditation on “I Am for Peace” (1990)
- The Passing Bell (1974)
- Polyphonies for Percussion (1960)
- Remembrance (1962)
- Recuerdo (1966)
- Scherzo, Chorale, and Aria Serena (2002)
- Shadow Wood
- The Solitary Dancer (1969)
- Star Edge (1965)
- Symphony for Drums and Wind Orchestra (1963)
- Symphony No. 2, "Lost Songs"
- Transylvania Fanfare (1953)
- Variations on a Handmade Theme
- Wings (1984)
- Benson, W. (1987). Symphony II: Lost Songs [score]. C. Fischer: New York.
- Granville, George Roby, Jr. (1995) “An analysis of the compositional techniques used in selected wind works of Warren Benson.” D.M.A. dissertation. University of Cincinnati.
- Lutch, Mitchell. (2006) "Warren Benson." In: A Composer's Insight: Thoughts, Analysis and Commentary on Contemporary Masterpieces for Wind Band. Volume 3. Timothy Saltzman, ed. Galesville, MD: Meredith Music Publications, pp. 32-69.
- Tim Reynish website
- Warren Benson website