Author Topic: Cyril Rootham (1875-1938)  (Read 8016 times)

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Re: Cyril Rootham (1875-1938)
« Reply #80 on: February 12, 2017, 04:58:15 PM »
Went on a little Rootham shopping spree:
Three wonderful discs - you won't be disappointed John. If you like Bliss, which you do ( :)) you should like Rootham's First Symphony. Rootham was the teacher of Bliss and his first symphony shares something of the open-air quality and great slapping brass passages of Bliss's 'A Colour Symphony' they are both very genial works but not without depth. The Rootham Symphony 1 has a fine tune which suddenly appears like that at the end of Vaughan Williams's 6th Symphony first movement - in the Rootham it's in the final movement. The Second Symphony is something quite different. Written when he was very ill at the end of his life. I find the final minutes, with a choral accompaniment, to be heart breakingly beautiful. The other disc is wonderful too - one of the last new LPs I bought in 1987.
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Re: Cyril Rootham (1875-1938)
« Reply #81 on: February 12, 2017, 05:02:09 PM »
Three wonderful discs - you won't be disappointed John. If you like Bliss, which you do ( :)) you should like Rootham's First Symphony. Rootham was the teacher of Bliss and his first symphony shares something of the open-air quality and great slapping brass passages of Bliss's 'A Colour Symphony' they are both very genial works but not without depth. The Rootham Symphony 1 has a fine tune which suddenly appears like that at the end of Vaughan Williams's 6th Symphony first movement - in the Rootham it's in the final movement. The Second Symphony is something quite different. Written when he was very ill at the end of his life. I find the final minutes, with a choral accompaniment, to be heart breakingly beautiful. The other disc is wonderful too - one of the last new LPs I bought in 1987.

Great to hear, Jeffrey. I already listened to Symphony No. 1 earlier and found it quite enjoyable indeed. Looking forward to hearing the rest! :)
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Re: Cyril Rootham (1875-1938)
« Reply #82 on: February 16, 2017, 06:34:21 AM »
While this chap is mostly regarded for his vocal music,  the total neglect of his chamber music in this day and age of releasing/recording-releasing just about anything under the sun is a bit bewildering:

String Quintet in D   (1908)
String Quartet in C   (1914)
Suite for Flute & Piano  (1921)
Sonata in G for violin & piano  (1925)
Septet for Viola, wind quintet & Harp  (1930)
Piano Trio  (1931)

an exception:
Violin Sonata in G minor

I agree with you.  Over the past few years and with help from friends, I have arranged the typesetting of several of Rootham's chamber works. These works are now typeset, and most have been proofread:
  • op 8   (1900)  Impressions pour Violon et Piano 
  • op 12  (1906)  Réminiscences des Alpes Bavaroises  (for violin and piano)
  • op 20  (1905)  Capriccio for String Quartett in D minor 
  • op 27  (1908)  String Quintet in D major
  • op 49  (1914)  String Quartet in C major 
  • op 61  (1920)  Miniature Suite  (for string quartet and piano)
  • op 64  (1921)  Suite in three movements  (for flute and piano)
  • op 83  (1930)  Septet for Viola, Flute, Hautboy, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn and Harp
  • op 88  (1933)  Suite for Pianoforte (for solo piano) 

Furthermore I am planning a recording of these "strings only" works within the next few months:
  • op 20  (1905)  Capriccio for String Quartett in D minor 
  • op 27  (1908)  String Quintet in D major 
  • op 49  (1914)  String Quartet in C major 

The op 27 Quintet in particular is a beautiful composition.

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Re: Cyril Rootham (1875-1938)
« Reply #83 on: February 17, 2017, 01:26:58 AM »
Great to hear, Jeffrey. I already listened to Symphony No. 1 earlier and found it quite enjoyable indeed. Looking forward to hearing the rest! :)

One of my very rare and very minor differences of opinion with Jeffrey - we're musical twins  8) - concerns this Rootham 1: I like it, but apparently somewhat less so than he.  :) Hope to find out soon if I like the Second better (guess so, from what I read about it).
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Re: Cyril Rootham (1875-1938)
« Reply #84 on: February 17, 2017, 02:27:13 AM »
One of my very rare and very minor differences of opinion with Jeffrey - we're musical twins  8) - concerns this Rootham 1: I like it, but apparently somewhat less so than he.  :) Hope to find out soon if I like the Second better (guess so, from what I read about it).
I forgive you. 8)
Yes, look forward to hearing what you make of Symphony 2 - a completely different type of work with a wonderful closing section.
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Re: Cyril Rootham (1875-1938)
« Reply #85 on: March 07, 2017, 10:59:01 AM »
On the topic of Cyril Rootham's two symphonies, I shall be giving a talk about my grandfather's music at the Daventry weekend meeting (21-23 April) of the Federation of Recorded Music Societies.  The talk will include a historic 78 excerpt from each symphony, as well as selections from several more recent recordings of CBR's part-songs and choral works. 

Sorry, the talk is rather bright and early on the morning of Saturday 22 April: 09:30-10:45 at the Mercure Daventry Court Hotel.  Day tickets are available, and full details about the weekend will be posted on the FRMS website:  http://www.thefrms.co.uk/frmsevents/frmsevents.htm

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Re: Cyril Rootham (1875-1938)
« Reply #86 on: March 13, 2017, 12:38:39 AM »
More information about Cyril Rootham's chamber music...

A recording of three CBR works (Op.20 and Op.49 quartets, Op.27 quintet) will go ahead in April.

And there is now a generated MP3 of CBR's Op.12 "Réminiscences des Alpes Bavaroises" (1906). The work is for violin and piano, and thanks to MuseScore's technology you can listen while following the score:
  Op.12 Réminiscences MP3

This charming piece lasts about 11 minutes and is dedicated "à son ami H. Haydn Inwards" - one of the violinists of the Gompertz Quartet. One puzzle: is the work's title a pure coinicidence, or is it intended as quiet homage to Elgar's 1895 songs (Op.27 "From the Bavarian Highlands")?
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Re: Cyril Rootham (1875-1938)
« Reply #87 on: March 13, 2017, 02:52:37 AM »
More information about Cyril Rootham's chamber music...

A recording of three CBR works (Op.20 and Op.49 quartets, Op.27 quintet) will go ahead in April.

And there is now a generated MP3 of CBR's Op.12 "Réminiscences des Alpes Bavaroises" (1906). The work is for violin and piano, and thanks to MuseScore's technology you can listen while following the score:
  Op.12 Réminiscences MP3

This charming piece lasts about 11 minutes and is dedicated "à son ami H. Haydn Inwards" - one of the violinists of the Gompertz Quartet. One puzzle: is the work's title a pure coinicidence, or is it intended as quiet homage to Elgar's 1895 songs (Op.27 "From the Bavarian Highlands")?
That's exciting news Daniel and very glad to hear it. I don't think I'll be able to get to Daventry for your talk about your grandfather's music but I hope it goes well and that you get a good sized audience. I'm very interested to hear about the 78rpm extracts from the symphonies.
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