Kirke Mechem


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symphony no. 1

Three Movements
Duration: 24 minutes
Orch: 3232 4331 Timp 4 Perc Hp Strings
Premiere: January 6, 1965, San Francisco
Symphony, Josef Krips, Conductor
Recording: Russian Disc 005
USSR Radio-TV Concert Orchestra
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes, New York


San Francisco Symphony
Josef Krips, Conductor

1 Allegro recapitulation

2 Intermezzo beginning

3 Theme and Derivations complete


“ . . . an almost unprecedented outburst of curtain calls . . . spoke out with fresh personality, a lucid, clean flow of vital instrumental colors, and a lively bounce of tricky rhythmic life.”

— San Francisco Examiner

“ . . . one of the world’s great pieces of music—the best piece of contemporary music I have performed in three years.”

— Joseph Krips, quoted by Associated Press

“From the first notes, his score attracts attention by the originality of his unique musical signature and specific emotional atmosphere.”

— Musical Observer, Moscow