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The Schola Cantorum had taught Roussel the thematic economy and transformation that so tellingly unify the work, but the grotesqueries of the second movement are Roussel's own.
Listen -- Modéré (Symphony No 2)
(track 2, 0:00-1:35) © 2008 Naxos Rights International Ltd
Pour une fête de printemps dates from 1921, the year of the symphony's completion. The unfolding of the new season and resumption of the annual cycle is tenderly evoked in echoing wind phrases; inevitably the sap soon begins to rise and the festival takes off.
Listen -- Pour une fête de printempts
(track 4, 2:14-3:49) © 2008 Naxos Rights International Ltd
Copyright © 18 June 2008
Robert Anderson, Cairo, Egypt