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Lento is a composition for orchestra written by Howard Skempton in 1990. It was Skempton’s third work for large forces, and his first major success. The piece was commissioned by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Skempton was to write a piece to be performed between the Prelude from Richard Wagner’s Parsifal and a Deryck Cooke completion of Gustav Mahler’s Tenth Symphony. Skempton initially set out to compose three short pieces to be played in sequence, but afterwards decided on a single large piece. Lento was completed in November 1990; it was premiered on 12 March 1991 by the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre concert hall, conducted by Mark Wigglesworth.