Titanic Symphony

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Isidor and Ida Straus. The symphony's third movement is a tribute to Ida Straus. Ida and Isidor Straus.jpg
Isidor and Ida Straus. The symphony's third movement is a tribute to Ida Straus.

Titanic Symphony, the third symphony composed by Richard Kastle, is based on the sinking of the RMS Titanic. It is a four-movement piece for orchestra that begins with the ship leaving the dock on her maiden voyage. Its last movement describes the ship's sinking. Because Kastle felt the sea's rhythm was vital to the piece's creation, he composed it on Venice Beach, where he lived in the late 1980s. [1]

Contents

Movements

  1. Her Maiden Voyage
  2. And the band played on...
  3. Ida's Love Theme
  4. The Sinking

Performances

The symphony was premiered on November 6, 1999 at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center with Kastle conducting the orchestra. [2] [3] He recorded “Ida’s Love Theme” as a solo piece for piano on his Royce Concerto album in 1992, and performed the piano arrangement of the third movement on a national tour with comedian Jay Leno. [4]

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References

  1. Wharton, David (September 11, 1988). "A Little Longhair Music, With Spikes and Stripes". Los Angeles Times . Richard Kastle's third symphony is based on the sinking of the Titanic.
  2. "Clippings File". New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Retrieved 2009-10-22.[ permanent dead link ]
  3. "Titanic Symphony". Richard Kastle. Retrieved 2009-10-18.
  4. "Rhapsody in Purple". Miami Herald . February 13, 1992. Archived from the original on September 11, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-18.