Classical Music by Bruce Leon

Orchestral Compositions

Symphony No. 1 in D Major
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Orchestration: 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 clar, 2 bsn, 4 hn, 2 trpt, 2 trbn, tuba, tymp, strings
Duration: 24 minutes
Movements:
1. Allegro con brio...Play:
2. Adagio, ma non troppo...Play:
3. Allegretto grazioso...Play:
4. Lento; Allegro vivo...Play:
Fanfares in the winds announce this exuberant symphony. The second movement features a long, lyrical horn solo, while the third movement has a waltz-like character. The last movement starts slow and somber, then erupts into a scherzo-like rondo whose main theme is based on a humorous descending scale, alternating with a satirical waltz, a fugue, and finally more fanfares.
Symphony No. 2 in C Minor
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Orchestration: 2 fl, picc, 2 ob, 2 clar, bass clar, 2 bsn, cbsn, 4 hn, 3 trpt, 3 trbn, tuba, tymp, perc, strings
Duration: 34 minutes
Movements:
1. Adagio; Allegro moderato...Play:
2. Lento; Allegretto grazioso...Play:
3. Allegro scherzando...Play:
4. Allegro con forza...Play:
The symphony begins with a slow melancholy motif that pervades the entire work. The first movement continues this dark character, but with rays of sunlight. The pensive second movement uses lyrical melodies in an odd rhythm, brightened by a dance-like middle section. The third movement is all movement and speed. The finale opens with an heroic theme, but it is eventually overtaken by the opening motif, only to return heroically and end in triumph.
Symphony No. 3 in G Major
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Orchestration: 2 fl, picc, 2 ob, Eng hn, 2 clar, 2 bsn, 4 hn, 2 trpt, 3 trbn, tuba, tymp, harp, perc, strings
Duration: 29 minutes
Movements:
1. Allegro moderato...Play:
2. Adagio...Play:
3. Vivace...Play:
4. Maestoso; Allegro con moto...Play:
The symphony is infused with the lilting feel of dance. The sunny first movement takes to the floor and moves with spirit. The second movement walks a slow melody in thirds, accompanied by plainsong. The third movement has the energy of an Irish jig, with a reflective middle section. The finale starts with a humorous introduction and then is all energy and movement.
Madrigal Overture
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Orchestration: 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 bsn, 2 hn, trpt, 2 trbn, strings
Duration: 9 minutes
In one movement
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An overture for small orchestra in Renaissance style, with characteristic embellishments of themes, switches between duple and triple meter and harmonies reminiscent of Shakespeare's time.
Overture in G Minor
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Orchestration: 2 fl, 2 ob, Eng hn, 2 clar, bass clar, 2 bsn, cbsn, 4 hn, 3 trpt, 3 trbn, tuba, tymp, perc, strings
Duration: 6 minutes
In one movement
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A dramatic overture for large orchestra in Romantic style. The opening chords set the mood and are followed by a quiet lyrical section. The music then develops dramatically, and ends jubilantly.

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