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Learmont Drysdale: Prelude 'Thomas the Rhymer'

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« on: October 19, 2017, 08:22:55 pm »

A rather effective electronic/computer generated (?) performance of Learmont Drysdale's orchestral prelude Thomas the Rhymer, op.2 of 1890 is available on YouTube:

A google translation of the Russian reads as follows:

In 2007, Eduard Artemiev interpreted the prelude "Thomas Rymer", dedicated to the Scottish composer George Lermont Dreisdale (1866-1909), the great Scottish bard-prophet Thomas Stermaer Lermont. Lermont Dreisdale, like the great Russian poet Mikhail Yurievich Lermontov (1814-1841), believed that his lineage comes from the genus Thomas the Poet (1220-1297) from Earlston. I invite you to listen to this romantic work, in which the connection of times and talented names: Thomas Stikhotvorets, composer J. Lermont Dryzdale, poet MJ Lermontov and composer Eduard Artemyev.

It received its premiere on 25th July 1890 at the Royal Academy of Music from which, notwithstanding his distinguishing himself, Drysdale was dismissed due to an altercation with, fellow Edinburgh born composer, Alexander Mackenzie who was principal at the time.

Sadly Drysdale did not feature in Hyperion's Scottish Romantics series of the 1990s though he was comparable to and a contemporary of MacCunn and Wallace.

Drysdale was descended from Scottish laird, poet and reputed prophet Thomas Learmont (Thomas the Rhymer) through his mother (Vaughan Williams left an unfinished opera Thomas the Rhymer).

An extract from Drysdale's overture Tam O'Shanter, op.3 (1891) and the love duet from his cantata The Kelpie, op.4 (1894) should be available to download from the British and Irish Music archive on this forum.

For more information on Drysdale see:



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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2017, 09:29:59 pm »

I invite you to listen to this romantic work, in which the connection of times and talented names: Thomas Stikhotvorets,

"Thomas Stikhtvorets" is simply a Russification of the name "Thomas the Rhymer" - it's the same individual, not a different one Wink
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