British & Irish Music

1.A DREAM OF SAD HAPPINESS

British Masterpieces Between The Wars (1919 – 1938) What is this?

Frederic Austin (1872-1952)
Overture: The Sea Venturers (1935)

Arthur Bliss (1891-1975)
Things To Come: Suite (1936)

Ivor Gurney (1890-1937)
A Gloucestershire Rhapsody (1919-21)

INTERVAL

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Symphony No. 3 (Pastoral) (1921)

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1ros A concert with one rosette is an excellent program for engaging new audiences.

2ros Two rosette programs present either works of lesser-known composers whose works I particularly admire; or pieces that have been unjustly neglected over the years, and which should be performed more regularly.

3ros Three rosette programs are a deeply considered exploration of a composer, or works composed in response to, or contemporaneous with, significant moments in history.

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2. THE SOLDIER (For String Orchestra)

“…Of A Foreign Field That Is For Ever England” (Rupert Brooke, 1887-1915) What is this?

Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
Introduction & Allegro for Strings (1905)

Frederick Delius (1862-1934)
“Late Swallows” – Slow Movement from String Quartet (Arr. Eric Fenby) (1919-21)

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Four-Part Fantasias For Strings (Arr. P. Warlock) (1680)

No. 2
No. 3
No. 6 – 9

INTERVAL

John Ireland (1879-1962)
Concertino Pastorale For String Orchestra (1939)

I. Eclogue
II. Threnody
III. Toccata

Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
Suite For String Orchestra (1942)

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1ros A concert with one rosette is an excellent program for engaging new audiences.

2ros Two rosette programs present either works of lesser-known composers whose works I particularly admire; or pieces that have been unjustly neglected over the years, and which should be performed more regularly.

3ros Three rosette programs are a deeply considered exploration of a composer, or works composed in response to, or contemporaneous with, significant moments in history.

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3. JOIE DE VIVIRE (Also listed under ‘New Discoveries’)

“She wanted to live, and live fully, and to give life, she who loved life!” (Émile Zola) What is this?

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
En Saga, Op. 9 (1892)

John Kinsella (1932 – )
Symphony No. 3 “Joie de Vivre” (1990)

Dublin born Irish composer, Kinsella has to date written 10 symphonies. He is an ouststanding, expressive and unique symphonic voice
Prologue: Adagio
Presto giocoso, Vivo
Intermezzo
Adagio tranquillo
Epilogue

INTERVAL

E. J. Moeran (1894-1950)
Lonely Waters (part of ‘Two Pieces for Small Orchestra’) (1931)

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Symphony No. 5, D major (1943)

Preludio
Scherzo
Romanza
Passacaglia

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1ros A concert with one rosette is an excellent program for engaging new audiences.

2ros Two rosette programs present either works of lesser-known composers whose works I particularly admire; or pieces that have been unjustly neglected over the years, and which should be performed more regularly.

3ros Three rosette programs are a deeply considered exploration of a composer, or works composed in response to, or contemporaneous with, significant moments in history.

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4. MUSIC FROM THE FEN & FELLS COUNTRY

“The blood that warms an English yeoman” (A.E. Houseman from ‘A Shropshire Lad’) What is this?

Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
Merry-Eye (1920)

George Butterworth (1885 – 1916)
A Shropshire Lad; Rhapsody for Orchestra (1911)

R. V. Williams (1872 – 1958)
On Wenlock Edge (for Tenor & Orchestra) (1918-24)

INTERVAL

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (1945)

I. Dawn: Lento e tranquillo
II. Sunday Morning: Allegro spiritoso
III. Moonlight: Andante comodo e rubato
IV. Storm: Presto con fuoco

C. Armstrong Gibbs (1889-1960)

Quite possibly one of the greatest unknown 20th-Century symphonies by a much neglected British composer in the post-II World War period.  There is a very fine biography of Armstrong Gibbs written byAngela Aries and Lewis Foreman published by Em Marshall (EM Publishing) well worth reading.  The resonance of sheer heartbreak in this work is initself remarkable.  It was dismissed by the BBC reading panel upon completion (they got this one horribly wrong) and it has languished in obscurity ever since.

Symphony No. 3 in Bb, Op. 104 (Westmorland) (1943-44)

I. ‘I will lift up mine eyes’
II. Cartmel Fell
III. Weathers
IV. The Lake

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1ros A concert with one rosette is an excellent program for engaging new audiences.

2ros Two rosette programs present either works of lesser-known composers whose works I particularly admire; or pieces that have been unjustly neglected over the years, and which should be performed more regularly.

3ros Three rosette programs are a deeply considered exploration of a composer, or works composed in response to, or contemporaneous with, significant moments in history.

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5.WESSEX: MUSIC INSPIRED BY THOMAS HARDY

“They were as sublime as the moon and stars above them, and the moon and stars were as ardent as they.” Tess of the D’Urbervilles What is this?

Henry Balfour Gardiner (1877-1950)
Shepherd Fennel’s Dance (1911)

John Ireland (1879-1962)
Mai-Dun (Maiden Castle) (1920-21)

Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
Egdon Heath, Op. 47 (1927)

INTERVAL

R. V. Williams (1872 – 1958)
Three Impressions For Orchestra (1902)

Burley Heath
The Solent
Harnham Down

R. V. Williams
Intermezzo from ‘The Incidental Music to the Mayor of Casterbridge’ (1950)

Casterbridge
Intermezzo
Weyhill Fair

Richard Rodney Bennett (1936-2012)
Suite: Far From the Madding Crowd (1967)

Far From the Madding Crowd
The Storm
Fanny & Troy
Boldwood
Bathsheba & Troy
Finale

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1ros A concert with one rosette is an excellent program for engaging new audiences.

2ros Two rosette programs present either works of lesser-known composers whose works I particularly admire; or pieces that have been unjustly neglected over the years, and which should be performed more regularly.

3ros Three rosette programs are a deeply considered exploration of a composer, or works composed in response to, or contemporaneous with, significant moments in history.

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6.BETWEEN BRITISH GENERATIONS

William Alwyn & His Contemporaries What is this?

[Under Consideration]

[Under Consideration]

INTERVAL

William Alwyn (1905-1985)
Symphony No. 1 (1949)

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1ros A concert with one rosette is an excellent program for engaging new audiences.

2ros Two rosette programs present either works of lesser-known composers whose works I particularly admire; or pieces that have been unjustly neglected over the years, and which should be performed more regularly.

3ros Three rosette programs are a deeply considered exploration of a composer, or works composed in response to, or contemporaneous with, significant moments in history.

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