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Khachaturian, AramSymphony No.3 (Symphony-Poem) (1947) 25'
for orchestra, organ and 15 trumpets

Scoring
2.picc.2.corA.2.2-4.3.3.1-timp.perc-harp-organ-strings-15solo tpt.
Abbreviations (PDF).

Territory
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the UK, the countries of the Commonwealth (excluding Canada), Republic of Ireland, mainland China, Korea and Taiwan.

Repertoire Note  
This work was intended "to express the Soviet people's joy and pride in their great and mighty country" on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Revolution. Khachaturian was not alone in writing a bizarrely scored work of would-be Stalinist grandeur after the War (Prokofieff’s Ode to the End of the War written to celebrate the end of World War II being another example): it requires a mighty line-up of forces including 15 trumpets (in addition to the trumpets found in the main orchestral body) and an organ as well as a large orchestra with double the usual complement of woodwind.

The result is one of the most unforgettable openings in all symphonic literature: above a tremolo haze created by softly playing strings and tamtam, a steady buildup of trumpet fanfares opens this work; then follows a manic organ solo which charges up and down its entire range of reed registrations. As respite, there is a typically sultry central section played by strings which foretells the music of Phrygia in Khachaturian’s ballet Spartacus.

Note by Daniel Jaffé

Recommended Recording
Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra/Kirill Kondrashin
Melodiya MEL CD 10 01006

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