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Symphony No. 5 (Mennin)

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Peter Mennin

Peter Mennin (arr. Frank Bencriscutto)

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Subtitle: Movement 3, Allegro tempestuoso

General Info

Year: 1950 / 1982
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - Rental


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Like its two predecessors, the Fifth is a three-movement work in a fast-slow-fast format, but it is more propulsive, as syncopated, clearly-articulated motifs reveal an increased rhythmic irregularity, with constantly shifting accents and pattern lengths, while its transparent scoring permits the counterpoint to be heard with greater clarity. The composer stated, “The basic aim of this work is expressivity. Therefore, there is a great emphasis placed on the broad melodic line, and little use of color for color’s sake … the work as a whole is direct, assertive and terse in communication.”

- Program Note from Peter Mennin website

The Mennin symphony was commissioned and premiered by the Dallas Symphony and Walter Hendl, who presented the premiere performance in April, 1950.

This arrangement by Frank Bencriscutto is of the third movement, Allegro tempestuoso, only.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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