Started by karlhenning, April 12, 2007, 06:03:44 AM
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Quote from: karlhenning on April 18, 2007, 11:25:25 AMProbably the next Vaughan Williams 'blindspot' I need to attend to is the Mass in G Minor.
Quote from: btpaul674 on April 16, 2007, 02:36:24 PMWhich is the best RVW? ALL OF IT! Well I am partial to the 8th, which is my favorite piece of music of all time.As far as his obscure music is concerned, The Romance for Harmonica, Strings and Piano is excellent, I love his String Partitia, His Piano Concerto, his Oboe Concerto, His Tuba Concerto, all excellent! There is something about his modal use, his distinct sense of rhythms through the symphonies, his undying passion for folk music, and his sense of classicism that makes his music really stick out to me. One of my favorite quotes from Vaughan Williams Studies by Alain Frogley is "the counterbalancing belief in things of the spirit," which is one of the themes presumed to be found in all Vaughan Williams' symphonies. This I believed is really capped in the 8th symphony. Currently I am reading Vaughan Williams and the Vision of Albion by Wilfrid Mellers.
Quote from: Christo on April 19, 2007, 12:04:15 AMLesser known pieces that are of my liking include all you mention, especially the Partita, but also the Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus (a sort of later, much more subdued, Tallis Fantasia revisited), the Poisoned Kiss overture, the Oxford Elegy, and even the Variations for Brass Band - to mention at random a few other pieces.As to the late (1957 I think) Variations for Brass Band: I rather dislike the orchestration Gordon Jacob made of it, but am fond of it in it's orignal, more powerful version. I often read people hold it in a low esteem - but I cannot be the only one to think otherwise?
Quote from: karlhenning on April 19, 2007, 04:15:37 AMThanks for reminding me of this 'un! It is on an Eastman Wind Ensemble disc which (actually) I picked up for both the Hindemith Konzertmusik for winds (Opus 41) and the Husa Music for Prague 1968.Curiously, this credits the scoring to E.W.E. director Don Hunsberger . . . wonder where it needed to vary from the Ur-text . . . ?
Quote from: karlhenning on April 19, 2007, 04:55:29 AMOf course! More coffee is needed, here in New England!
Quote from: Catison on April 19, 2007, 06:17:44 AMThe brass band I play in is going to perform his Henry the Fifth Overture, which was originally written for brass band. It is an awesome piece; I just wish we could play it well enough to do it justice.
Quote from: Christo on April 19, 2007, 06:24:27 AMInteresting piece! It used to be left out of all the 'official' RVW lists of compositions, and I only heard it accidentally, 25 years ago, in some (Swedish?) recording. But I still remember I couldn't find a trace about it in some of the then available books on RVW.There must be one or two recordings by now. Michael Kennedy lists it as an 'Overture for brass band' in his Catalogue of the Works of Ralph Vaughan Williams as having received its first performance only in 1979, by the University of Miami Wind Ensemble under Frederick Fennell, and having been published only as late as 1981. One of those ''early'' performances must have been the one I heard in those days.
Quote from: Christo on April 19, 2007, 06:16:30 AMBTW: one of my other favorites being - the Mass. I hope you will be trying it again. And talking about personal RVW favorites: I would also add the Three Portraits from The England of Elisabeth, especially as conducted by Andre Previn, and also Flos Campi (there are many fine versions of it available).(But then: there's very little RVW that I'm not fond of. The only pieces that come to mind are the Sea Symphony, that I like but not love, and some of the songs. (Also, I don't think that much of his film music is thát special, even if I adore the England of Elisabeth music.)
Quote from: Captain Haddock on April 20, 2007, 11:41:50 PMYou are right. The England of Elizabeth is best heard in the Previn version. I actually saw the documentary film for which it was written (typical of its time, 1950s) when they showed in at the Barbican in London before Hickox performed the first ever performance of the 1913 version of A London Symphony for c 90 years!
QuoteBrass bands have a very strict orchestration. They only use cornets, alto horns, and flugal horns. No trumpets or french horns allowed. Additionally, there are baritones, euphonium, trombones, Eb tuba (my instrument), and BBb tuba.
Quote from: Greta on April 21, 2007, 10:34:53 AMA Dutch friend also plays in a "fanfare band", I didn't realize it was a separate entity but it's quite interesting actually, basically a brass band instrumentation with a large range of saxophones (my instrument!). A unique and colorful sound. He said it was primarily a Dutch thing, and indeed the composer Johan De Meij often publishes his pieces separately for that specific orchestration.'
Quote from: Christo on April 21, 2007, 04:21:42 AMWhat about the other extracts from The England of Elizabeth Muir Mathieson (if I spell his name correctly) did take from them? Have they been recorded, and are they somehow available too?
Quote from: karlhenning on April 25, 2007, 11:37:24 AMThe English Folk Song Suite may be minor RVW, but it's good, clean fun.
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