de la Torre
First young man:
Second young man:
Sir Solomon Raub:
Sir Philo Phaoron:
de la Torre
Pierre Fournier (cello)
(Chorus-Master, Leslie Woodgate )
BBC Symphony Orchestra
(Leader, Paul Beard )
Conductors, Sir Adrian Boult and Constant Lambert
Summer's Last Will and Testament, for chorus and orchestra
(conducted by the composer)
This Overture was inspired bv a holiday spent in Italy in 1903, and was first performed at the Eigar Festival given at Covent Garden in the following year. The score is preface! by some lines of Tennyson:
'... What hours were thine and mine.
In lands of palm and southern pine
In lands of palm, of orange blossom,
Of olive, aloe, and maize and vine.
The manuscript bears a further quotation from Byron's ' Childe Harold ' in which Italy is apostrophised as 'the garden of the world.' Elgar himself said that the middle section of the Overture came to his mind as his thoughts turned to the glories of ancient Rome; in the music he ' endeavoured to paint the relentless and domineering onward force of the ancient day, and to giv? a sound-picture of the strife and wars, the ' drums and tramplings," of a later time.'
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