Symphony No. 10

Six Reflections for Wind Ensemble

Sydney Hodkinson

Publisher: Merion Music, Inc.
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

This work was commissioned by the School of Music of Stetson University, Jean O. West, Dean, to honour the 25th anniversary of the appointment of Professor Bobby Adams, revered conductor of the School's Symphonic Band.

The term ?divertimento? has been with us since the 18th Century, denoting an enormous range of instrumental compositions consisting of relatively short sections written primarily "for entertainment". Although the segments of Symphony No. 10 vary greatly in style and tempo, they can be roughly paired:

No. 2: a pecking, often cackling, scherzo, the journey bouncing through the entire ensemble; paired with
No. 4: a light perpetual-motion study, scored for woodwinds, celesta and percussion which is largely fluid and soft, but demands considerable ensemble alacrity from the players.

An historic strophe is a designation for a song in which all of the stanzas are sung to the same music. The two slow movements are also paired:

No. 3: is a four-phrase stanza which is repeated five times with altering harmonies and registers. Scored for brass, saxophones and percussion only, the piece was composed as a memorial to a friend, the great Polish composer Henryk Gorecki (1933-2010) who died during the time of writing. This hymn is paired with
No. 5: a gentle, plaintive arioso written in memory of the American composer Vincent Persichetti
(1915-1987), a long-time personal mentor.

No. 1 and No. 6: are joyous - the former often employing stomping and shouting rhythms, the latter reminiscent of a 19th Century barn dance, sometimes stumbling and one-legged (almost everyone gets to ?doh-si-doh?). Hopefully, both of these movements give more than a nod, and serve as a testament, to the ebullient nature of the dedicatee, a man who has given me many memorable musical moments.

Symphony No. 10 is approximately 20 minutes in duration. The score, dedicated to Bobby Adams, was composed in the fall of 2010 and the orchestration completed in May of 2011 in Ormond-by-the-Sea, Florida.

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Scores & Parts

Symphony No. 10 - Full Score - Study
Symphony No. 10 - Full Score - Large

Additional Information

Commission commissioned by the SCHOOL OF MUSIC / STETSON UNIVERSITY in commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the appointment of BOBBY ADAMS, Conductor of their Symphonic Band. - Deland Florida, Fall 2012 -
Composition Date 2011
Duration 00:20:00
Orchestration 3(Fl.1 opt.solo dbl. Picc. / Fl.2 dbl.A.Fl. / Fl.3 dbl. Picc.) 3(E.H.), 6(E-flat Cl., B.Cl., Cb.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.), 1Sop.Sax., 1A.Sax., 1Ten.Sax., 1B.Sax. - 4 3(1 dbl. Flugelhn.) 3(B.Tbn.) 1, Euph.; Timp. 6Perc. Pno. Cb.; Sop.Vx.
Premiere October 17th, 2014. Stetson University Wind Ensemble, Douglas Philips, conductor; Stetson University, Deland, FL.


1. Hullabaloo
2. Bumpy Trek
3. Strophe
4. Gossamer
5. Canticle
6. Shindig

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