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Symphony III (Adler)

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Samuel Adler

Samuel Adler

Subtitle: Diptych

General Info

Year: 1960 / rev. 1981
Duration: 15:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: CF Peters
Cost: Rental


1. Very slowly - 6:30
2. As Fast and Rhythmic as Possible - 6:40


Full Score
Piccolo I-II
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
C Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Contrabass (2 or 3 if possible)
Percussion, including:

  • Bongos
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Roto-toms
  • Snare Drum
  • Temple Blocks
  • Tom-toms
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Blocks
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The original work was premiered by the American Wind Symphony in the summer of 1961, performed twice after that, and was withdrawn by the composer. Adler (1997) wrote:

The Third is a work which follows the Fourth and Fifth Symphonies chronologically since it was newly composed in 1980 and premiered in 1981 by the Eastman Wind Ensemble. It is in one continuous movement consisting of two distinct sections. The first is a slow movement with long-held sonorities, constantly interrupted by short melodic phrases. These fragments are often characterized by ‘chirping’ grace note figures and foreshadow the second section, both by their melodic content and their rhythm. The first section is followed immediately by an unrelentingly fast and furious movement. This last section exploits the virtuosity, agility and boundless energy of the winds, brass and percussion and its exuberant, driving energy brings the work to a triumphant close.

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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