• John Joubert
  • Symphony No. 1, Op. 20 (1955)

  • Novello & Co Ltd (World)

Commissioned by the Hull Philharmonic Society

  • 2(pic)2(ca)22/4231/timp.perc/pf/str
  • 28 min

Programme Note

My first symphony was commissioned in 1955 by the Hull Philharmonic Society and first performed in the City Hall, Hull, by the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra in April the following year. Though very much a youthful work – it was composed while I was still in my twenties – I would nevertheless claim that it represents my coming of age as a composer. Conceived as a traditionally four-movement structure and scored for a classical symphony orchestra (with additional small part for piano), it is a substantial undertaking which makes few concessions to the largely non-professional status of the orchestra for which it was composed. The musical language and the forms which it articulates are fundamentally tonal in nature and bears all the hallmarks both of the tradition I felt I was heir to and my then current enthusiasms (the work of Shostakovich – later to become a major influence – was largely unknown to me at the time: indeed, many of his great later-period works had yet to be written).

Programme note by John Joubert


John Joubert: Symphony No. 1


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