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BBC Opera Chorus
(Trained by John Clements )
Conductor, Stanford Robinson
Heddle Nash (tenor)
Music of Edward Elgar
Sir Hubert Parry said of Elgar that ' he reached the heart of the people.' This tribute may well serve as an indication of the kind of music to be heard in this afternoon's programme, for Elgar. like Brahms and Schubert, wrote not only the full-scale work-the symphony, the concerto, the string quartet-but a wealth of shorter pieces calculated to appeal to the man-in-the-street. This music led to his being attacked in some quarters, but his answer was, ' I like to look upon the composer's vocation as the old troubadour did. I know that there are many people who like to celebrate events with music. To these people I have given tunes. Is that wrong? Why should I write a fugue or something that won't appeal to anyone, when people yearn for something that can stir them? '
It is from the rich store of Elgar's shorter works-marches, salon pieces, songs, and part-songs-that for the most part today's programme is drawn.


Conductor: John Clements
Conductor: Stanford Robinson
Tenor: Heddle Nash
Unknown: Edward Elgar
Unknown: Sir Hubert Parry

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