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1  Downloads by surname / Only direct links / Re: British Music on: June 20, 2022, 11:22:44 pm

David Matthews (1943 - ) Symphony No.10 'Regeneration'
Broadcast BBC Radio 3, 20 June 2022
BBC Philharmonic
Jac van Steen, conductor
2  Downloads by surname / Downloads: discussion without links / Re: British and Irish Music on: September 20, 2021, 11:54:31 pm
I have uploaded a link to my MIDI transcription of Simpson's Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano to Downloads.

This work was written in 1967, the year before the well-known Quintet for Clarinet and Strings. It is completely different from that work, although like the later work it has enormous energy and passages of serious beauty.

When I was transcribing it I listened to it section by section as I completed each section and I interpreted it as a work of extreme musical energy like the Symphony No.5. However on listening to it all the way through I revised my opinion, because I had missed the fun and good humour of the piece. In my interpretation now the work is a sort of written-down improvisation between the piano on the one hand and the clarinet in A and cello on the other. I say this because the clarinet and cello usually play together in unison or close imitation (the cello often playing high in its register) whereas the piano part is more different in its material. I imagined Simpson imagining a clarinettist and a cellist who are very good friends and understand each other very well meeting up for the first time with a pianist who is a little more jazzy and outgoing than they are and the Trio is the result of their first improvisations together.

The piece begins with a slow, mysterious introduction in Eflat minor, where it sounds as though the players are testing their tuning. Suddenly an Allegro non troppo section begins led by the piano. The first stretch of fast music is a little bit tentative and is full of figurations that are played with and then quickly dropped. The music isn’t particularly dissonant, but it is modulating constantly (Simpson, as usual, uses no key signatures, and every bar is full of accidentals, throughout the piece).

Quite soon the music drops away in volume and tempo and a slower section ♩= 72 begins. This is seriously beautiful, but doesn’t last long, almost as though the musicians have suddenly discovered the profundity of their music-making and are a little embarrassed about it. It fades away, there is a pause, and then an Allegro molto e furioso section begins. This is faster than the first fast section and two-in-a-bar, not triple time. Its energy is incredible (in some bars every note has an accent and sfs and sffs abound). But I don’t hear any anger (despite the furioso) or angst, perhaps occasionally the clarinet sounds a little irritated with the piano, and the cello sounds as if it is straining to keep up, high on the fingerboard.

The music again is full of figurations and patterns that are tried out and then dropped, and picked up again at a later stage in different combinations. There are quieter passages, but the music carries on and on (this last section is in fact the same length as the first fast section but has more notes and sounds more substantial) until quite suddenly the players seem to realise that it’s time to stop. The music just seems to end mid-flow, with a quick concluding few bars where the clarinet plays a sustained f# fading to niente, seemingly the note where proceedings had got up to, but the pianist (remembering they began in Eflat minor) realises that the clarinet note can be reinterpreted as a gflat and so plays a quiet chord of Eflat minor to round the session off.

00.00 Largo Molto
00.54 Allegro non troppo
08.55 ♩= 72
14.08 Allegro molto e furioso (tt 22.00)

3  Various types of music / General musical discussion / Re: Second-Tier English Symphonies on: March 14, 2019, 09:23:37 pm
Your premise is that there are first and second tier symphonies, I contest this and maintain that there are only symphonies; a symphony which is not a living and vital entity is not a symphony.

That is what my first sentence means, it still means it, and it is perfectly grammatical and idiomatic.

I have a first-class degree in English from Oxford University and a PhD in English, I have five published collections of poetry to my name, as well as other published works, so please don't tell me I can't write.

I shan't bother to elucidate my next sentences, since you will be incapable of understanding them however simply they are put.
4  Various types of music / General musical discussion / Re: Second-Tier English Symphonies on: March 14, 2019, 06:48:19 am
"...inadequate means of propagating music throughout recent times" - are you kidding?

Anyone can go on Youtube now and easily listen to all 32 Brian Symphonies arranged in a tidy sequence, - which might be true of Simpson's 11 as well, not to mention the other (multitudinous) means of access and exposure.

You must mean something different from the obvious, - but then, I find your entire post quite incoherent.

Is there any reason why you are being rude?
5  Various types of music / General musical discussion / Re: Second-Tier English Symphonies on: March 13, 2019, 09:29:07 pm
I contest your premises, any symphony which is living and worth listening to is first-tier, other symphonies are simply not worth listening to. It's no fault of first-tier symphonists like Brian and Simpson that their works are or have been neglected, merely inadequate means of propagating music throughout recent times. These inadequate means also entail an overvaluation of some of the composers you mention, such as Elgar.
6  Various types of music / Individual composers / Uros Krek on: January 27, 2019, 12:30:13 am
Krek was a Slovenian composer, Youtube has his Sonatina for Strings and a few choral pieces. Does anyone have any info about other recordings? He was supposed to have written a Violin Concerto.
7  Various types of music / Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) / Re: NEW SIBELIUS CYCLE on: January 26, 2019, 07:56:20 pm
And why another Sibelius cycle? If conductors haven't nailed the music in any of the cycles we have already then they never will.
8  Various types of music / Individual composers / Re: Susan Spain-Dunk on: January 22, 2019, 08:36:09 pm
Well her Kentish Downs Overture is marvellous (I was going to say charming but that sounded patronising). Very evocative. And her Fantasy Quartet has been recorded on a disk of sq music by female composers and can be heard on Youtube. That is great too. Now for Stonehenge.  ;D
9  Various types of music / Individual composers / Re: Susan Spain-Dunk on: January 21, 2019, 07:54:12 pm
She does sound like a character from Monty Python, but I'll be giving The Kentish Downs a spin.
10  Various types of music / YouTube performances / Re: Çary Nurymow on: January 18, 2019, 11:53:36 pm


Just for information, this is the piano version of a work which is originally scored for Oboe and Chamber Orchestra – more precisely, an excerpt, the complete work lasts about 15 minutes. In fact, its title is "Ghazals", referring to a term from Arab poetry.

And there I was thinking Saiga

Thanks everyone!
11  Various types of music / YouTube performances / Çary Nurymow on: January 17, 2019, 08:32:28 pm
Could someone with cyrillic searching skills see if anything by this Turkoman compose is available. I have his Symphony No.2 (I think from this forum).

12  Various types of music / Individual composers / Re: Whatever happened to Fritz Brun? on: January 15, 2019, 05:39:58 am
I listened to Brun's Symphony No. on Youtube today It is the craziest symphony I have ever listened to (not in a good way), it sounds like it was written by a committee: no consistency or general style at all, and seemingly completely new material every section.
13  Introduction / Greetings / Re: Happy Christmas/Holiday Season to All Members on: January 08, 2019, 08:30:43 pm
shouldn’t the “index nominum” be the “index nominorum?”
My Latin is also rusty, but the phrase means "index of names".  Nomen (name) is third declension so if I remember correctly its genitive plural would be nominumNominorum would be the genitive plural of nominus (second declension), if such a word exists.
A happy New Year to everyone.

Mea magna culpa  :-[
14  Introduction / Greetings / Re: Happy Christmas/Holiday Season to All Members on: January 07, 2019, 11:58:26 pm
Not sure where to post this, but shouldn’t the “index nominum” be the “index nominorum?”
15  Various types of music / Books about composers and music / Re: Wanted: works of analysis of symphonic music on: December 10, 2018, 07:43:25 pm
I've found another work that is similar in approach to Tovey, Simpson &c.

Cuthbert Girdlestone, Mozart and his Piano Concertos, 2nd Ed 1958

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