London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Eric Coates : From Meadow to Mayfair (Eric Coates )-I. In the country-Rustic Dance. 2. A Song by the Way-Romance. 3. Evening in Town-Waltz
Walter Glynne (tenor) : I pitch my lonely caravan. Bird Songs at Eventide (Eric Coates )
London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Henry Wood : Children's Overture (Quilter)
Mark Raphael (baritone): Fear no more the heat o' the sun ; To Daisies ; Song of the Blackbird (Quilter)
New Light Symphony Orchestra, conducted by J. Ainslie Murray : English Dances Nos. 1 and 3 (Quilter)
Leader, PHILIP WHITEWAY
Conducted by SIR IVOR ATKINS
Introduction and Allegro for Quartet and String Orchestra Op. 47
Two Pieces, Dream Children, Op. 43
1. Andante. 2. Allegro piacevole
Suite, Wand of Youth, No. i
The first ' Wand of Youth ' Suite (the second was written very much later) is composed of music that Elgar wrote in 1869 for a children's play, when he was only twelve years old, and revised and scored for orchestra in his maturity. It was first played at a Queen's Hall Symphony Concert conducted by Sir Henry Wood in December, 1907, and has ever since been one of the most popular of Elgar's lighter suites.
Elgar has told us the origin of the idea of the music : ' Some small grievances occasioned by the imaginary despotic rule of rny father and mother (the Two Old People) led to the devising of ' The Wand of Youth'. By means of a stage-allegory (which was never completed) it was proposed to show that the children were never properly understood. The scene was a woodland glade intersected by a brook. The hither side of this was our fairyland. Beyond, small and distant, was the ordinary life which we forgot as often as possible. The characters, on crossing the stream, entered fairyland and were transformed.'
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