Symphony No. 5

Full title Symphony No. 5, Apocalyptic
Date composed 1945
Details Evocation: Moderato - Allegro moderato
The Dance around the Golden Calf: Allegro moderato
Paradise Lost: Adagio
The Four Horsemen: Allegro moderato - Andante - Allegro moderato

Composition: Work begun in 1942 and completed on 16 April 1945.
Orchestration: 3(3rd alt. Picc.),3(3rd alt. E.H.),4(1 Cl. in E-flat, 3rd alt. B. Cl.), 3 (3rd alt. C.Bn.)/4,3,3,1/Timp,Perc./Hp./Str.
Original dedication: In memory of Franklin Delano Roosevelt; revised dedication: Dedicated to the Peoples of the United Nations.
Performance duration: ca 42 min. (based on the CD recording conducted by Thomas Sanderling).
Manuscript sources NYPL JPB 78-15, reproduction of holograph full score (161 p.), with composer's note on title page: New York, April 1945; see also NYPL JPB 99-7 no. 112, Composers Facsimile Edition reproduction of holograph with markings in red pencil and composer's holograph note at end: New York, April 16, 1945.
Availabiity Score and parts available from GS and FCP.
Recordings Berlin Radio Symphonie Orchester/Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, cond. Thomas Sanderling (BIS CD-1077; 2001); liner notes by Lloyd Moore.

Symphony No. 5: movement 1, Evocation
Berlin Radio Symphonie Orchester, cond. Thomas Sanderling

Symphony No. 5: movement 1, Paradise Lost (Adagio)
American Symphony Orchestra, cond. Leopold Stokowski

Performances (click icon to expand or collapse list)
12 October 1968 New York, Carnegie Hall: American Symphony Orchestra, cond. Leopold Stokowski; performance repeated on 28 October 1968. Also on program: Beethoven, Egmont Overture; Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet; Wagner, Siegfried Idyll.
27 October 1983 Rochester, New York, Eastman Theatre: Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. David Zinman; performance repeated on 29 October 1983. Also on program: William Bolcom, Commedia for [Almost] 18th-Century Orchestra; Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 2.