Location of Landsdowne Crescent Methodist Church,
18 Lansdowne Cres, Malvern WR14 2AW
(This programme may change in order and/or content)
Elgar – arr. DH
Donald Hunt – Two Part Songs
Now sleeps the crimson petal
Howard Blake – Songs of Truth and Glory
Herbert Sumsion – In Exile
Dedicated to DH
Elgar – From the Bavarian Highlands Op.27 – (1895 piano version)
On the Alm
Spring will be with us in no time. Fancy a bit of music to welcome in those longer days?
Elgar’s “From the Bavarian Highlands” will really help lift those winter blues.
The concert will start with Sir Edward Elgar’s beautiful Salut d’amore. Arranged by Donald Hunt, this puts the words of Christina Rossetti (of In the Bleak Midwinter fame) and the music of Elgar together. Originally a present on their engagement to future wife, Caroline Alice Roberts, it has become a well loved piece. The second song, Pleading, is another arrangement by Donald Hunt
Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) composed his Madrigal in 1883. Set to a poem by Armand Silvestre it tells of the age old fight between young ladies and young men accusing each other of being selfish and cruel. Following the Madrigal, the Pavane was written in 1887 and expresses the frustration of young men in love.
Donald Hunt (1930-2018), was the founding Director of Music of the Elgar Chorale. He wrote the next 2 songs and dedicated them to friends. The first is a setting of a poem by Francis Quarles (1592-1644) and is an eloquent farewell to a dear friend. The second, a poem by Tennyson (1809- 1892), is about loving relationships.
Howard Blake (1938- ) composed the Songs of Truth and Glory as a commission from The Elgar Foundation and was premiered by The Elgar Chorale of Worcester as part of their 25th anniversary celebrations as part of the Three Choirs Festival in 2005 with Donald Hunt conducting. It is set of 5 songs by George Herbert (1593-1633) and includes some very well known tunes.
In Exile by Herbert Sumsion (1899-1995), was dedicated to Donald Hunt who had been his pupil and assistant in Gloucester Cathedral in the early 1950s and conducted the motet at its première in Gloucester Cathedral during the 1981 Three Choirs Festival with the Donald Hunt Singers.
Finally, (Scenes) From the Bavarian Highlands gives an insight of how Elgar and his wife might have worked together. The six songs, were a partnership between Edward (the music) and his wife, Alice (the words), after a holiday in and around Garmisch, in Bavaria, one of their special places. The music gives a good example of Elgar’s aptitude for describing, in music, people and places. There is joy, yearning and striving to reach the summit of endeavour in equal parts. Elgar conducted the premiere at a concert in 1896 with Worcester Festival Chorus Society.