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Composer: Brian, Havergal (1876-1972)

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Year of birth1876
Year of death1972
NationalityUnknown
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Havergal Brian's monumental Gothic Symphony

© : BBC / Chris Christodoulou
A work scheduled to last nearly two hours could be excused for starting with a long slow build up, but Havergal Brian’s massive Gothic Symphony (the longest symphony ever composed) bursts onto the scene with a brisk and bustling march-like flourish, contrasted briefly with a delicate violin solo that reminds us that this is very much an English composition.
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