Jonathan Peters

Symphony No.1 - Journey of the Ring


 

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Symphony No.1 - Journey of the Ring
Score and Parts
 
 
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Score length: 147 pages
Performance length: 1 hour

 

Parts include: 

Piccolo
2 Flutes
2 Oboes
2 Clarinets in B flat
Bass Clarinet
2 Bassoons
Contrabassoon
4 Horns in F
3 Trumpets in B flat
3 Trombones
Tuba
Timpani
Triangle
Piatti
Tam-Tam
Tubular Bells
Tambourine
2-4 Snare Drums
Bass Drum
Thunder Sheet
2 Harps
Violin I
Violin II
Viola
Cello
Double Bass
(Offstage - may be onstage if not enough performers)
2 Horns in F
2 Trumpets in B flat
Thunder Sheet
Bass Drum

 

For a complete recording or to obtain a set of score and parts for your orchestra to perform please e-mail Mr. Peters through the contact page above.   

FREE for all YOUTH ORCHESTRAS - We want to encourage young people to play music. When you contact us please specify if you are a youth orchestra. Once confirmed we will send you the .pdf files free of charge. Please send us all performance dates and copies of the program from each performance.

For all other orchestras a complete set of score and parts is $65. Once we receive payment we will e-mail you the .pdf files. Please send us all performance dates and copies of the program from each performance.

 

 

Review from Music Teachers' Association of California, Composers Today State Contest Chair, Ron Anderson

"When I received the 11-movement, 147 page score of Jonathan Peters' Symphony "Journey of the Ring", I mentally compared the dozens of symphonies I know, quite mindful of the traditional 4-movement structure with the usual formal features which have become earmarks of a normal symphony.  I knew then that I would have to once again expand my definition of the symphony, as this form has been stretching itself into countless shapes and sizes from the times of Haydn and Beethoven, through Berlioz, and into the present day.

Let us be content now to say that a symphony represents a composer's deepest thoughts and broadest ideas, uttering philosophical and artistic statements which would not be adequately addressed in works that are smaller in scope (of instrumentation as well as duration) than a symphony.  Within the 57 minute duration of "Journey of the Ring", Peters touches upon the simple nature of Hobbits, expressed in the folk-like opening tunes.  But there are already hints of greater rhythmic complexities hidden within the 4/4 meter.  These unfold largely in the darker music, the first of which appears in the third movement.  Along with the evil, which this music depicts, nobler statements of heroism and love are carried here, each by characteristic musical and orchestrational gestures.  During the course of the symphony, it becomes clear that the composer's assured technique and imagination evident in his orchestration (one movement features a thundersheet bowed with a violin bow!) and compositional craftsmanship are equally at home in tonal/modal languages as in atonal writing.  Importantly, each approach is chosen for its own artistic and dramatic reasons, making for a listening experience that is at once both accessible (even the atonal parts) and emotionally satisfying.

A final note to conductors - if you can't solve the problems of hiring two harpists and an off-stage ensemble, both of which are needed to mount a full production, do consider excerpting one or more of these movements in your concerts.  There are some great fanfares among the eleven movements here."