Tag Archives: Music

In Memoriam

Richard Strauss wrote these words in 1945 shortly after he completed Metamorphosen, a study for 23 solo strings: “The most terrible period of human history is at an end, the twelve year reign of bestiality, ignorance and anti-culture under the … Continue reading

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Pocket Symphony

I went to a concert yesterday evening in the public hall of Veules les Roses (where I often go sailing), where La Symphonie de Poche played some arrangements of classics and a few Bourville songs from the 1940’s and 50’s, … Continue reading

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A real treat for the end of the year

I wish England was this! In the Fen Country: Landscape and Music in the Work of Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams This is a truly beautiful posting on the English music that broke with the German Romantic fashion promoted by … Continue reading

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Mendelssohn

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847) needs no introduction as a Romantic composer whose output is quite phenomenal. He continues to be rediscovered in the musical world, and many of his works were published as late as the 1960’s. Because of … Continue reading

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Weird Symbolism

I don’t know if we have any medieval experts looking at this blog. Have a look at this: I am rather intrigued by this group of dissolute-looking folk gathered around a book of music. I am brought to think of … Continue reading

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Parry’s Judith

Most Anglicans know the hymn Dear Lord and Father of all mankind set to the tune Repton. This tune is taken from the great oratorio Judith first performed in 1888 by C.H.H. Parry. Here it is performed last year in … Continue reading

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Lady Radnor’s Suite

Here is a lovely suite for string orchestra by Hubert Parry (1848-1918). This excellent version, full of freshness is performed here by the English String Orchestra, and conducted by William Boughton. The slow Minuet just before the final Gigue is … Continue reading

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