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The Young Erich Korngold

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Erich Korngold completed his first large-scale symphonic work, the Sinfonietta for Large Orchestra in B Major, in 1913 at the age of 16. Although the work is an early one, it is nonetheless characteristically Korngold -- luxuriously orchestrated, soaringly Romantic and sweepingly cinematic.

As an introduction to this work, here is the lovely third movement, marked Molto andante.

For the complete work:

Wolfgang Korngold: Sinfonietta in B Major (complete)

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Enjoy, Jordanz!

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Wonderful! And amazing for only 16.

What is so impressive to me about this piece is that, while the key influences are certainly there (Richard Strauss, Mahler, even early Schoenberg, etc.), Korngold's own distinctive voice is front and center particularly with respect to the shape of the melodic lines and what I always think of as a kind of the swashbuckling, youthful energy -- both would be prominent features of his later film scores. What a great achievement for so young a person.

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