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Symphony #2 in E-flat major (Esterhazy) - Original Version

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James Domine - Symphony #2 in E-flat major (Esterhazy) – Original Version

186 pages

I. Overture

II. Intermezzo

III. Minuetto scherzando

IV. Finale

“I have always felt an affinity,” said James Domine, “for orchestral repertoire from the earlier

classical period. These works were typically scored for small ensembles by modern standards,

ordinarily a complement of strings along with a standard accompaniment of ‘harmony

instruments’ usually consisting of two oboes and two horns. Haydn’s group at the Esterhazy

estate was exactly such an orchestra numbering eighteen players, later augmented to twenty-two.

The Symphony #2 in E-flat major, subtitled Esterhazy, is conceived for this historically

significant ensemble following the instrumental techniques and compositional practices of the

18th century classical style. The piece is cast in the traditional four movements successively

entitled: Overture, Intermezzo, Menuetto scherzando and Finale. Originally scored for two oboes

and two horns with strings, the alternate version substitutes a different complement of winds,

flute, oboe, horn, and bassoon.”

     The opening movement, Overture, marked Allegro, is a sonata form reminiscent of the first

act of a comic opera. The Intermezzo second movement in an Andantino dialogue between the

Flute and Oboe parts that is taken up by the strings as an harmonic excursion through the

submediant key of C major. The Menuetto scherzando, as the title implies, is a humorous

characterization of a traditional minuet and trio in which the strings and wind groups are

juxtaposed in alternation. The symphony culminates with a Finale in sonata form marked

Allegro vivace that brings the piece to its conclusion on a grand scale.

     The Symphony #2 in E-flat major received its first complete inaugural performance in

concert on August 6, 2016 at the Elks Lodge Auditorium with the composer conducting the

Esterhazy Chamber Orchestra of Calabasas.

James Domine - Symphony #2 in E-flat major (Esterhazy) – Original Version 186 pages I. Overture II. Intermezzo III. Minuetto scherzando IV. Finale “I have always felt an affinity,” said James Domine, “for orchestral repe
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