Symphony No.1, GP 256 (Bax, Arnold)

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Publisher. Info. London: Murdoch, Murdoch & Co., 1923.
London: Chappell & Co., 1923. Plate 37133.
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General Information

Work Title Symphony No.1
Alternative. Title
Composer Bax, Arnold
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. GP 256
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IAB 47
Key E-flat minor
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 3 movements
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1922
First Publication. 1923
Copyright Information USA copyright status:

In the USA, This item is not in the public domain because it was renewed 28 years after first publication with a proper notice or it was "restored" to copyright status via a Notice of Intent to Enforce (NIE) under the provisions of the GATT/TRIPS amendments. It will enter the US public domain on January 1st, 2019.

Dedication John Ireland (1879–1962)
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation orchestra
4 flutes (4th also piccolo), alto flute, 2 oboes, English horn, heckelphone or bass oboe,
3 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, sarrusophone
4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba
timpani, bass drum, tenor drum, snare drum, tambourine, cymbals, gong, triangle, bells,
xylophone, glockenspiel, celesta, 2 harps, strings
Discography MusicBrainz
All Music Guide
External Links Wikipedia article
Baxworks site

Misc. Comments

The outer movements are based on GP 242, a piano sonata (his 3rd, unpublished and unnumbered, and only recently recorded) composed in 1921. (Quoting David Parlett quoting Graham Parlett (A Catalogue of the Works of Sir Arnold Bax (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1999)): "After completing this sonata, Bax played it through to his friends Harriet Cohen and Arthur Alexander, who suggested to him that it was really a symphony and should be orchestrated. Before doing this, Bax wrote an entirely new slow movement to replace the original.")