TOCCATA FOR ORCHESTRA op.221 (August 1976)

A commission for The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's 30th anniversary, really a 'concerto for orchestra' in an extended one-movement form consisting of a toccata, fugue and finale. aka 'A celebration of the orchestra'.( This original version N/A see opus 386.)
Published by: Highbridge Music Ltd
Commissioned by: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to celebrate their 30th birthday in 1976
Instrumentation: Full orchestra
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Duration: 20 mins
First Performance: September 15th 1976, Fairfield Hall, Croydon, RPO conducted by Hans Vonk
Recordings Available
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra; Diversions for Cello and Orchestra; Toccata
Released: October 2008
Recorded: 1991
Artists: Re-release. Piano Concerto - 1. Howard Blake (piano) conducted by Sir David Willcocks. 2. Diversions - Robert Cohen (cello) conducted by Howard Blake. 3. Toccata, a celebration of the orchestra conducted by Howard Blake. The Philharmonia Orchestra
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Notes

This version has been withdrawn since the major revision undertaken in 1988 with the title 'Toccata, a celebration of the orchestra' op.386, which is the accepted version

Performances

15th September 1976 The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Hans Vonk, Fairfield Hall, Croydon

Reviews


The work is not reminiscent of any previous composer , and is highly successful on its own terms ... very skilfully allows instruments each to have their say in their conventional characters yet without reminiscences of famous conventional roles.

Hugo Cole, The Guardian, 1976

Related Works


'SYMPHONY NO. 2 - 'TOCCATA'' op.386 (May 1988) (Audio Sample Available)
A 'concerto for orchestra' in an extended one-movement form consisting of a toccata, fugue and finale. aka 'A celebration of the orchestra'.'

Related Autobiography Chapters


RPO Toccata, Lynn Seymour's Court of Love, Princess Margaret & a Royal Jubilee (1976)

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