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Giardini la Mortella

Partita for Orchestra (1957)

• Composition: 1957
First Performance: 30 January 1958. Severance Hall, Cleveland. Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell conductor.
Duration: About 16 minutes
Movements: I. Toccata-Brioso - II.    Pastorale siciliana-Andante comodo - III. Giga burlesca-Allegro gioviale
Dedication: To George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra
Craggs Catalogue Number: C67
Instrumentation: 3 flutes (third doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, cor anglais, 3 clarinets (third doubling bass clarinet), 3 bassoons (third doubling contrabassoon) – 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba – timpani, 4 percussion (snare drum, military drum, bass drum, cymbals, tambourine, castanets, triangle, glockenspiel, xylophone, vibraphone) – celesta – harp – strings
Manuscript: Frederick R. Koch Collection. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Manuscript FRKF 631. Autograph full score. 113 pages.
Publication: Oxford University Press. Study score, 1958, 019 3683350. Score and parts are available on hire.

Orchestra Conductor Year Compact Disc Timing
Philharmonia Orchestra Sir William Walton 1959 EMI Classics 65006 15’48”
Cleveland Orchestra George Szell 1959 EPIC 62753 15’12”
London Philharmonic Leonard Slatkin 1990 RCA Victor 60813-2 16’04”
London Philharmonic Bryden Thomson 1991 Chandos CHAN 8959 17’34”
English Northern Philharmonia Paul Daniel 1994 Naxos 8.553180 17’26”