The Ninth Symphony was begun early in 1956, and was finished, so far as a composition is ever finished, in November 1957. It was written chiefly in London, but partly in Majorca and partly at Ashmansworth, the home of Gerald and Joyce Finzi. The symphony is dedicated to the Royal Philharmonic Society and was first played at a concert on the 2 April 1958 by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent. The usual symphony orchestra is used, with the addition of three saxophones and flügel horn. This beautiful and neglected instrument is not usually allowed in the select circles of the orchestra and has been banished to the brass band, where it is allowed to indulge in the bad habit of vibrato to its heart's content. There are four movements, as is usual in a symphony: Allegro Moderato, Andante Sostenuto, Allegro Pesante, and Andante Tranquillo.
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