Leader, Norris Stanley
Conductor, Johan Hock
Lena Wood (viola)
In a programme note for the Proms, Herbert Howells tells us that ' this work was composed-in its first form-in 1917, in memory of Francis Purcell Warren , a fellow-student of the composer at the Royal College of Music. Warren had been but a short time in action, in France, when he was listed as " Missing ". He was lost, without trace.
In its first version the Elegy was played, under Sir Hugh Allen 's direction, at the Mons Memorial Concert at the Royal Albert Hall , in November, 1917, and at Southwark Cathedral and elsewhere, later. The score and parts being lost, it was for last year's Gloucester Festival [this refers to 1934] that the work was re-written, largely from memory, in part from remaining sketches. In its new form it agrees, generally ' with the older one. But the scoring, and many details, are different.
' A solo viola and solo string quartet have an important share in the work. The Elegy is by nature a character sketch of one side of the lovable musician it seeks to commemorate. It is intimate, and serious, and tender. There are no heroics.
Purcell Warren was a violinist and composer. He lived in, and loved, the English countryside, and was moved by any poetry or music that could give it expression. It was this in him that finds reflection in the Elegy.'
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