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Denis Betro: Symphony No.1 ...Internal audio
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At age 15, during school holidays, I hitch-hiked the length of New Zealand from Dunedin to Auckland with various side trips in between. The sheer beauty and panorama of rolling hills, lofty mountains and shimmering sea entered my soul and stayed there. Sleeping rough in the great openness somehow connected me to the natural wonders that were all around me and this connection became ingrained and part of my being. The composing of my first symphony allowed me to relive that life changing experience and the work recalls impressions and emotions that I felt at the time, but not specific places.
– Denis Betro
Commissioned by Orchestra of the Twentieth Century
Professional symphony orchestra
I. Allegro molto
II. Largo cantabile
III. Allegro ma non troppo
01 Apr 1990: Performed by the Orchestra of the Twentieth Century at the Mermaid Theatre, London