Paul Creston Symphony no. 2

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Paul Creston Symphony no. 2

Post by diegobueno » Wed Nov 23, 2016 3:15 pm

Another fine American composer who deserves attention is Paul Creston. I am much impressed by his Symphony no. 2


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Re: Paul Creston Symphony no. 2

Post by Lance » Fri Nov 25, 2016 1:16 pm

No doubt you have the Naxos recording of Creston's Symphonies 1 (1940), 2 (1944) 3 [Three Mysteries] (1950) with the Ukraine National SO under Kuchar. You've given me inspiration to hear the 2nd again. There were apparently six symphonies; the others I'm not acquainted with: #4, 1951; #5, 1955, and #6 [Organ] (1981).
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Re: Paul Creston Symphony no. 2

Post by jbuck919 » Fri Nov 25, 2016 2:01 pm

Very nice. Thank you Mark (who is probably not surprised that I never heard of Paul Creston).

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Re: Paul Creston Symphony no. 2

Post by diegobueno » Thu Dec 08, 2016 9:49 pm

jbuck919 wrote:Very nice. Thank you Mark (who is probably not surprised that I never heard of Paul Creston).
Well then I'm pleased to have turned you on to a new composer. I first heard of Paul Creston around 1968, when I was in junior high in Melbourne, Florida. It was for the most part a cultural wasteland, but they had a concert series which my family regularly went to. One evening there was a ballet company, and amazingly enough, they were touring with an actual orchestra. I loved the orchestra, but was a little embarrassed by the ballet dancing (I was 14). I was appalled by the pas de deux by Delibes that they presented. But then they did a ballet called "Time Out of Mind", and it had a really cool score, kind of modern but intriguing and it was by Paul Creston. It was made up of pieces not intended for ballet. From time to time I've encountered Creston's music and have always enjoyed it, though I rarely sought it out. Now I'm seeking it out.

Here's the Symphony no. 3 "Three Mysteries" (those being the birth, death and resurrection of Christ), which is a wonderful piece. You'll recognize the medieval sequence "Victimae Paschali Laude" in the last movement, and probably a number of other liturgical chants that my ear didn't catch.


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