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Michael Shapiro

Second Symphony for Orchestra, CBSO

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Second Symphony
INTERPLAY - Leonard Slatkin
INTERPLAY - JoAnn Falletta
INTERPLAY - Jerry Junkin
INTERPLAY - Elliott Forrest
1 Second Symphony I  
2 Second Symphony II  
3 Second Symphony III  
4 Second Symphony IV  
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Notes by the composer..........My Second Symphony is a work of absolute music.? It has no subtext; it tells no "story"; it just is.? I had always wished to write a four-movement symphony, containing a serious first movement, a scherzo, a lyrical slow movement, and a set of variations concluding in transcendence.? Working in 2010 with Maestra Marin Alsop and the virtuosic Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music (for the California premiere of my Roller Coaster) provided inspiration to open my symphonic veins further, write a large work for large orchestra, and out came this purely instrumental symphony (my first, Symphony Pomes Penyeach, is a song cycle).? The Second Symphony is scored for full orchestra including the usual complement of winds, brass, percussion, and strings, but adding alto flute and English horn for their special pungency. 

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