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Symphony No. 5

for orchestra
Product number: LS 6179-01
Edition: Performance material

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In contrast with his four previous symphonies (Istanbul, Mesopotamia, Universe and Hope), Fazıl Say’s Symphony No. 5 has no programmatic title. However, each of its three movements has its own subject: the first movement, Upheavals and Longing, reflects experiences during the Covid pandemic, lockdown, and the war in Ukraine. The central part, Elegy, takes up events in Turkish history: the pogroms of 6 and 7 September 1955. The movement is a lament for people of Christian, Jewish, Greek and Armenian origins, who, in their thousands, were victims of acts of violence at that time. The final movement, Tree of Life, with its irregular rhythms and sharp contrasts, mirrors the highs and lows of life in homage to people who, despite hardships, retain a positive outlook on life.

Orchestral Cast

Picc. · 2 · 2 · 2 · 2 · Kfg. - 3 · 2 · 1 · 0 - P. (auch bar chimes) S. (I: Xyl. · Vibr. · hg. Beck. · Kudüm · gr. Tr. · Bar chimes; II: Crot. · Tamb. · Bong. · 2 Tomt. · gr. Tr. · Ocean waves) (2 Spieler) - Hfe. - Str.


I Revolts and Longings (İsyanlar ve Özlemler) - II Elegy - III Tree of Life (Hayat Ağacı)


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Symphony No. 5
for orchestra
Performance material
Schott Music
Year of composition:
op. 102
32 ′
World Premiere:
September 4, 2022 · Bremen (D)
Die Glocke, Großer Saal
Musikfest Bremen
Conductor: Nil Venditti · Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

Commissioned work :
Kompositionsauftrag des Musikfest Bremen

Technical Details

Product number:
LS 6179-01


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  • Symphony No. 5
    Symphony No. 5
    Conductor: Nil Venditti
    Orchestra: orchestra of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music
    April 1, 2023 | San Francisco, CA (United States of America) , San Francisco Conservatory of Music — National premiere
  • Symphony No. 5
    Musikfest Bremen
    Conductor: Nil Venditti
    Orchestra: Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
    September 4, 2022 | Bremen (Germany) , Die Glocke, Großer Saal — World premiere
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