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Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending with violinist Hilary Hahn

The lark ascending (Hilary Hahn)

Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 2 [COMPLETE]: make music part of your life series

Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 2 [COMPLETE]

NYU Women’s Choir Spring 2010 – Nigra Sum: make music part of your life series

NYU Women’s Choir Spring 2010 – Nigra Sum

King’s College Cambridge Easter #12 Rise, Heart, Thy Lord is Risen, Vaughan Williams


King’s College Cambridge Easter #12 Rise, Heart, Thy Lord is Risen, Vaughan Williams

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Fantastic Composer/Compositions: St Paul’s Suite

St-Paul’s Suite, op. 29, no. 2 – Gustav Holst
1. Jig – Vivace
2. Ostinato – Presto
3. Intermezzo – Andante con moto
4. Finale (“The Dargason”) – Allegro
L’Orchestre de Chambre Lakeshore Chamber Orchestra
Stewart Grant, directeur musical et chef attitré, Music Director and Conductor
Concert aimez-vous Brahms?
26 Nov 2011
Église Valois United Church

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
middle aged man in head and shoulder shot looking warily at camera

Gustav Holst, circa 1921 (photograph by Herbert Lambert)

Gustav Theodore Holst (born Gustavus Theodore von Holst: 21 September 1874 – 25 May 1934) was an English composer, arranger and teacher. Best known for his orchestral suite The Planets, he composed a large number of works across a range of genres, although none achieved comparable success. His distinctive compositional style was the product of many influences, including the English folksong revival of the early 20th century.

There were professional musicians in the previous three generations of Holst’s family, and it was clear from his early years that he would follow the same calling. He hoped to become a pianist, but was prevented by neuritis in his right arm. Despite his father’s reservations, he pursued a career as a composer, studying at the Royal College of Music under Charles Villiers Stanford. Unable to support himself by his compositions, he played the trombone professionally, and later became a teacher—a great one, according to his colleague Ralph Vaughan Williams. Among other teaching activities he built up a strong tradition of performance at Morley College, where he served as musical director from 1907 until 1924. He was the founder of a series of Whitsun music festivals, which ran from 1916 for the remainder of his life. Holst’s works were played frequently in the early years of the 20th century, but it was not until the international success of The Planets in the years immediately after the First World War that he became a well-known figure. A shy man, he did not welcome this fame, and preferred to be left in peace to compose and teach.

In his later years his uncompromising, personal style of composition struck many music lovers as too austere, and his brief popularity declined. Nevertheless, he was a significant influence on a number of younger English composers, includingEdmund RubbraMichael Tippett and Benjamin Britten. Apart from The Planets and a handful of other works, his music was generally neglected until the 1980s, since when recordings of much of his output have been available.

The Lark Ascending – Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending as performed by Rafael Druian and the Cleveland Sinfonietta, conducted by Louis Lane

Today’s Birthday: Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)

Gerald Finzi – Eclogue for Piano and Strings  Performed by the English String Orchestra

Gerald Raphael Finzi (14 July 1901 – 27 September 1956) was a British composer. Finzi is best known as a song-writer, but also wrote in other genres. Large-scale compositions by Finzi include the cantata Dies natalis for solo voice and string orchestra, and his concertos for cello and clarinet. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Finzi)