Symphony No. 1

Dan Welcher

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Performing Ensemble: Orchestra
Publisher: Elkan-Vogel, Inc.
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Quick Overview

I began work on this piece on January 1, 1992, and completed the full score on December 13 of the same year. The initial impulse to write it was valedictory: I wished to celebrate my two years in Hawaii with a personal statement. Tied up in this was a love of multiplicity, of what is often mislabeled as ?multiculturalism,? but what here could be more aptly named ?polyculturalism.? Rather than e pluribus unum, which implies that individuals sacrifice apartness to a ?melting pot,? polyculturalism refers to a celebration of shared separate-ness. Hawaii is what it is because of diversity, not in spite of it. Hawaiian native, Anglo-Saxon, Filipino, Japanese, Polynesian, and all the other races create a culture that is greater than the sum of the parts.

In Symphony No. 1, I have employed musical means to illustrate this end. The polycultural aspect is most clearly shown in the second movement, which uses material from Polynesia (an ancient Hawaiian chant-tune and a drum called a pahu), the Orient (two Korean folksongs, and a folk drum called a genguari), nineteenth century Europe (two melodies from the Faur

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Additional Information

Composition Date 1992
Duration 38:00
Orchestration 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(EbCl./B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) - 4 4 3 1; Timp. 4Perc. Pno. Cel. Hp. Str.
Premiere April 4, 1993. Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Donald Johanos, Neil Blaisdell Concert Hall, Honolulu, Hawaii.