Two Rosettes

1. SHAKING THE MAGICAL CLOAK OF MISTS

The Sea and its Legends

Not all masterworks, even by virtue of their accomplishment, are very well known to concert audiences. There are several works in this devised concert that may be entirely unknown to many.

William Walton (1902-1983)
Portsmouth Point; an Overture (1925)

Arnold Bax (1883-1953)
The Garden of Fand (1916)

Frank Bridge (1879-1941)
The Sea (1910-11)

Seascape (Seestück)
Sea-Foam (Meeresschaum)
Moonlight (Mondlicht)
Storm (Sturm)

INTERVAL

Arnold Bax (1883-1953)
Tintagel (1917)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
La Mer (1905)

 

2.A DREAM OF SAD HAPPINESS

British Masterpieces Between The Wars (1919 – 1938)

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)

 

3. THE SOLDIER (For String Orchestra)

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

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)

 

4. JOIE DE VIVIRE

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

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

 

5. MUSIC FROM THE FEN & FELLS COUNTRY

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

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

 

6. THE GENIUS OF BOHUSLAV MARTINÜ

Encountering Oneself in Life Through Art

Claude Debussy (1862- 1918)
L’isle joyeuse (Orch. by Bernardino Molinari) (1904)

Enrique Granados (1867- 1916)
Goyescas, Op. 11: Intermezzo (1911)

Bohuslav Martinü (1890-1959)
Fresky Piera della Franceska (Frescoes of Piero della Francesca) (1953)

1. Andante poco moderato
2. Adagio
3. Poco allegro

INTERVAL

Bohuslav Martinü (1890-1959)
Symphony No. 6 (Fantaisies symphoniques) (1953)

 

7. JOIE DE VIVIRE

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

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

 

8. TALES OF THE VERY GRIMM AND NOT SO GRIM

“In olden times, when wishing still helped….” (Brothers Grimm) The Frog King

Alexander Zemlinsky (1871-1942)
Die Seejungfrau (The Mermaid) (1903)

Zemlinsky was Schoenberg´s brother-in-law and only teacher, and had a romantic entanglement with Alma Schindler (later Alma Mahler). In 1938 he left Austria for New York and died in obscurity four years later. The re-appraisal of Zemlinsky’s work is much overdue. In the USA, this unjustly negelected piece has been championed by both James Conlon and Leon Botstein.

INTERVAL

Frank Loesser (1910-1969)
Suite: Hans Christian Andersen (Arr. K. Purcell) (1952)

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Ma Mère l’Oye (Mother Goose): 5 pièces enfantines (1911)

Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant
Petit Poucet
Laideronnette, Impératrice des pagodes
Les Entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête
Le Jardin féerique

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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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