Symphony No.3 ('Sinfonia Brevis de bello Gallico'), Op.70 (Indy, Vincent d')

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Publisher. Info. Paris: Rouart, Lerolle & Cie., 1919. Plate R.L. 10968 & Cie.
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Work Title Symphony No. 3
Alternative. Title Sinfonia brevis de bello Gallico
Composer Indy, Vincent d'
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.70
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IVI 67
Key D major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 4 movements:
  1. Lent et calme - Animé (Premier Mouvement)
  2. Assez vite (G minor) - Un peu moins vite (très peu)
  3. Lent - Plus animé
  4. Très animé - Animé, mais un peu plus calme (Premier Mouvement)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1916-8
First Performance. 1919-11-13, New York
New York Philharmonic, Leopold Damrosch conducting
First Publication. 1919
Dedication au Commandant E. de Pampelonne [to his cousin Edmond de Pampelonne]
Average DurationAvg. Duration 30-35 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation orchestra
piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn
E clarinet, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 3 bassoons

4 horns, piccolo trumpet, 3 trumpets (3rd also cornet)

3 trombones, contrabass trombone

timpani, military drums, flat drum, bass drum, cymbals, xylophone

celesta, 2 harps, strings
Discography All Music Guide

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Premiered in a concert with two other premieres- Duparc's Aux étoiles, and Turina's La procession del rocio.

In a letter he described the work as filled with his impressions of the war, labeling the first movement as "La mobilisation - La marne", the second movement as "La gaieté du front", the 3rd as "L'art latin et l'art boche", and the finale as inspired by "La victoire, avec l'hymne de S. Michel comme péroraison", but noted this was just for his friends. ("Vincent d'Indy et son temps", p.24.)