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David Manning

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.001.0001

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Sixth Symphony

Sixth Symphony

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(p.363) Chapter 86 Sixth Symphony
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Vaughan Williams on Music
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David Manning

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.003.0087

The Sixth Symphony was begun probably about 1944 and finished in 1947. It is scored for full orchestra including saxophone. There are four movements: Allegro, Moderato, Scherzo, and Epilogue. Each of the first three has its tail attached to the head of its neighbour. In Allegro, the key of E minor is at once established through that of F minor, A flat becoming G sharp and sliding down to G natural at the half bar. In Moderato, this leads on from the first movement without a break. The principal theme is based on this rhythm. Scherzo may be possibly best described as fugal in texture but not in structure.

Keywords:   Sixth Symphony, full orchestra, saxophone, movements, Allegro, Moderato, Scherzo, Epilogue

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