Music by Vaughan Williams, his friends Holst & Finzi and his teachers Parry, Stanford & Wood.
Duncan Saunderson conductor
Stephen Burrows, countertenor
Folksong and music from The Golden Age of English music that so inspired Vaughan Williams.
Summertown Choral Society’s third commission: music by Andrew Gant including an original composition, a folk song setting and a variation on a theme by Thomas Tallis.
Vaughan Williams collected over 800 folk songs; he enjoyed “the ever present chance of picking up some rare old ballad or an exquisitely beautiful melody, worthy, within its smaller compass, of a place beside the finest compositions of the greatest composers”. He rediscovered Elizabethan and Tudor music, commenting that “They produced poetry and music that has never been surpassed”. His circle included Gustav Holst, “the greatest influence on my music” and Hubert Parry whose “Blest Pair of Sirens” he described as “the finest musical work that has come out of these Islands”. “For people have come to find a special message in our music which that of other nations, however skilled and imaginative, cannot give them” (RVW).
|Wood:||Full fathom five|
|Vaughan Williams:||Bushes and Briars|
|Finzi:||I praise the tender flower|
|Vaughan Williams:||Dives and Lazarus|
|The Turtle Dove|
|Stanford:||Ballade, op. 170 (piano)|
God grant with grace (“Tallis’ Canon”)
|Anon.:||There is no rose (14th c.)|
|Vaughan Williams:||The sky above the roof|
|Bushes and Briars|
|This is the truth|
|Tallis:||Ordina (Veni Creator)|
|Vaughan Williams:||The old hundredth|
|O clap your hands|
|Weekles:||Hark all ye lovely saints|
|Holst:||There was a tree|
|My sweetheart’s like Venus|
|Howells:||Master Tallis’ testament (organ)|
|Tallis:||Why fumth in flight|
|i. Prelude on a theme of Thomas Tallis|
|ii. In the windless stillness|
|iii. The fall of the leaf|
|iv. The ploughboy’s dream|
|Parry:||Blest pair of sirens|