• 32(ca)23/4231/timp.2perc/hp.cel/str
  • tenor
  • 30 min

Programme Note

This work was commissioned by the BBC. It is scored for tenor solo and orchestra. Its first performance was broadcast in a BBC Radio 3 lunchtime concert on Tuesday March 26, by Neil Mackie and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vernon Handley.

Symphony No. 3 is a three-movement work lasting a little under half an hour, and it displays the composer's highly developed lyrical invention and mastery of form and orchestration. Like the previous symphonies - dating respectively from 1964 and 1974 - it is a personal landmark for him, a statement that music can and must communicate with audiences without need of compromise by the composer. Leighton has produced a work of passion and eloquence.

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