I'm back with another one of my compositions. I hope you enjoy it!
Symphony No. 2
Dedicated to Catriona Calo
Introduction to the Work:
This was written actually much later than the Piano Concerto No. 1 (which is also available on my website), and was originally given the title "Symphony No. 3". There was one other symphony written before it, which, incidentally, was actually originally a suite, as well as my first attempt at writing a symphonic work. However, dissatisfaction with this piece caused me to reject it, so to speak, and give the title of Symphony No. 2 to this piece instead, a significantly better piece.
It is in four movements, like the first symphony. It is very different than the first symphony, however, expanding on the much richer harmonic language introduced in the first piano concerto. This piece would actually be the beginning of a style that I would later carry into my latest works; a much dreamier, Neoromantic atmosphere. More tonal ambiguities found their way into this work, causing me to finally abandon the practice of using key signatures in most sections. The melodies were much more dramatic, sweeping, and rather chromatic. The opening bars move through a seemingly bizarre succession of meter changes (7/4, 8/4, 4/4, 6/4, 7/4, 8/4, 10/4, 8/4), all within the space of ten measures.
There is a concept behind this piece. The melody introduced in the very first minute of the first movement is the main theme of the symphony, which reappears in pieces in various, sometimes discreet, ways in each of the movements, but actually is only played in its entirety twice in the whole work: once at the beginning and once at the end of the first movement. The first movement's final climax on a C Major chord is interrupted and left unresolved as the bass strings quickly modulate to another key and die away.
The second movement is primarily based around two melodies, of which one will briefly return toward the very end of the final movement. The third movement is more of an interlude between movements two and three, which develops the themes from the previous two movements briefly before building up to a crescendo that leads to the fourth movement.
The final movement is rather violent and fast, but this, too, is interrupted rather suddenly. There is a slow, lyrical moment that is based on motifs from the second movement, that later builds up to a climax where the symphony's "theme" once again returns and brings us to the work's conclusion.
Originally the piano was going to play an essential part in the piece, but I later decided to replace it with harp.
Movement 1 - http://www.johncareycompositions.com...ymphony2-1.mp3
Movement 2 - http://www.johncareycompositions.com...ymphony2-2.mp3
Movement 3 - http://www.johncareycompositions.com...ymphony2-3.mp3
Movement 4 - http://www.johncareycompositions.com...ymphony2-4.mp3