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Nikolaj Jakowlewitsch Mjaskowski: 7. Symphonie

  • for orchestra
  • 3 3 3 3 - 4 2 3 1 - timp, hp, cym, b.d, str
  • Duration: 25’
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st flute
    2nd flute
    3rd flute (+picc)
    1st oboe
    2nd oboe
    cor anglais
    1st clarinet in Bb
    2nd clarinet in Bb
    bass clarinet in Bb
    1st bassoon
    2nd bassoon
    contrabassoon
    1st horn in F
    2nd horn in F
    3rd horn in F
    4th horn in F
    1st trumpet in C
    2nd trumpet in C
    1st trombone
    2nd trombone
    3rd trombone
    tuba
    timpani
    cymbal
    bass drum (+t-tam)
    harp
    violin I
    violin II
    viola
    violoncello
    double bass
  • Composer: Nikolaj Jakowlewitsch Mjaskowski

Work introduction

Nikolaj Mjaskowski’s Symphony No. 7 awakens many associations among listeners: the rare violin solos are reminiscent of Karol Szymanowski, a short passage recalls Bartók’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, while two agitated, dramatic passages evoke The Miraculous Mandarin. As the ballet was written sometime later, it begs the question as to whether Bartók could have heard Mjaskowski’s music or if it was – as is more probable – pure coincidence. Fleeting echoes of Russian folk melodies add a richness to the scene. On the whole, however, Symphony No. 7 is a highly dramatic piece of music with few moments of calm; it could even be programme music.

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