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U3A Music Appreciation Group One - Sept 2019
by Glenys Alsop - 20:37 on 10 September 2019
Because of illness, it was a reduced group that met at Angela’s for the September meeting of the Monday Music Appreciation Group. Nevertheless, the theme “Rural Life” brought forth the following lovely mix of predominantly vocal musical choices:
Two madrigals by William Cornish: “Ah, Robin, Gentle Robin” and “Blow Thy Horn, Hunter”, from “English Madrigals and Songs”;
Two songs by Gordon Sumner (Sting), from “Rural Life”;
“Solva Harbour”, from James Crisp’s “Celtic Seas”, with the composer on guitar;
Ernest John Moeran: “When smoke stood up” (a song to a poem by A E Houseman), sung by
the baritone Stephen Foulkes (pianist David Bednall) from their CD “Shropshire Lads”;
Aaron Copland: “Hoedown”, from his ballet “Rodeo”;
Kiri Te Kanawa singing “La Délaissée” (“The Forsaken Shepherdess”) from the “Songs of the Auvergne”;
Gustav Mahler: “Beauty”, from “Das Lied von der Erde” (“Song of the Earth”), sung by
Camille Saint-Saens: “The Swan”, from “Carnival of the Animals”;
J S Bach: “The Peasant Cantata”, sung by Julia Varady, with the Academy of St Martin-in-
Percy Grainger: Daniel Adni (pianist) playing “Shepherd’s Hey” and “Over the Hills and Far Away” from “Country Gardens”;
Peter Bellamy: Paul Sartin singing” Us Poor Fellows” from the folk ballad opera “The Transports: A Tale of Exile and Migration”;
Ludvig van Beethoven: the “Allegro” from his Symphony No 6 (“The Pastoral”), played by the Süddeutsche Philharmonie.
The next meeting of the group will be held at David’s house, and will take place on Monday, 7th October. Ally’s choice of theme is “Music to take to a desert island”.
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