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U3A Music Appreciation Group One - June 2019

by Glenys Alsop - 18:36 on 10 June 2019

After discussion at last month’s meeting of the Music Appreciation Group, it was agreed that, because of its expanded size and the fact that there was now a waiting list, the group should be split. Valerie Pomfret volunteered to be the lead for the second group, which would meet on the second Tuesday of each month, initially at her house. 

Thus, the group meeting on the first Monday of the month will henceforth be known as Music Appreciation Group One.  

On Monday, 3rd June, Group One met at Louise’s house in Stromness, the theme being “Birds”.  (This had been chosen by Jean, but unfortunately she was unable to be present.)  To members’ surprise (and pleasure) the chosen theme elicited an astonishing number of music compositions (with no duplications in the choices) - and the reduced number of members now means that somewhat longer pieces of music can be played during the two hours.  Excerpts from the following compositions were played at the June meeting:

Rimsky-Korsakov:  “The Golden Cockerel”;

Haydn:  the “Menuet” from his “Symphony No 83 in G”, “The Hen”;

Stravinsky:  “The Firebird”;

Carl Orff:  “The Swan” from “Carmina Burana”;

Edith Piaf singing “Padam padam” (“The Sparrow”);

Vaughan Williams:  “The Lark Ascending”, played by Christopher Warren Green;

Sibelius:  “The Swan of Tuonela”;

Cleo Lane singing Hoagy Carmichael’s “Skylark”, from “Sometimes when we touch” (with James Galway on flute);

Mussorgsky:  “Ballet of the Chickens in their Shells” and “The Hut on Fowl’s Legs” from his “Pictures at an Exhibition”;

Netania Davrath singing Joseph Canteloube’s “The Quail”, from his “Songs of the Auvergne”;

Turlough Carolan:  “The Hawk of Ballyshannon”, played on the wire-strung clarsach by Ann Heynann;

Liz Dyer (with Dave Goulder on guitar) singing “The Cuckoo” by Cecil Sharpe;

Vivaldi:  Nicola Benedetti playing “Summer” from “The Four Seasons” (which features the cuckoo, turtle dove and the finch).          

The next meeting will be held at Kate’s house on Monday, 1st July, where John’s choice of theme will be “Water” (rivers, lakes, seas, etc).

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