SIR JESSE BOOT (1850-1831)
HIS LIFE IN WORDS AND MUSIC
The music in this concert is all by composers who were
contemporaries of Sir Jesse Boot
and has been chosen to illustrate the narrative of his life.
Eric Coates (1886-1957)
Joyous Youth Suite – Introduction (1921)
Eric Coates, born in Hucknall, began his musical career as a viola player. Joyous Youth was written soon after he had become a full-time composer.
Percy Grainger (1882-1961)
Country Gardens (1918)
Cecil Sharp collected the folk song, Country Gardens. The Australian composer Percy Grainger arranged it first for piano and later for orchestras of many different types.
Eric Coates (1886-1957)
Joyous Youth Suite – Valse
Joyous Youth Suite – Serenade
Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
Beau Brummel – Minuet (1928)
Although Elgar wrote little in his latter years, one commission he did accept was for extensive incidental music to Beau Brummel by Bertram Matthews. All has disappeared apart from this charming Minuet.
Sir Arthur Sullivan (1843-1900)
Selection from Utopia, Limited (1893)
Utopia, Limited was Gilbert and Sullivan’s penultimate opera. It concerns the King of a South Sea Island who wants his country to imitate everything British. This culminates in making the country
a Limited Company – Gilbert strongly disapproved of the idea that a bankrupt company could leave creditors unpaid without any liability on the part of its owners.
Victoria and Merrie England – Finale (1897)
Sullivan wrote this ballet to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The final scene recalls her Coronation in 1847 and depicts a parade with troops from England, Ireland and Scotland, followed by the English volunteers and the Colonial troops, each depicted with a suitable tune.
Calling all workers – March (1941)
This march became best known as the signature tune for Music While You Work during World War II.
Percy Whitlock (1905-1946)
Spade and Bucket – Polka (1938)
The organist and composer Percy Whitlock included this polka in his Holiday Suite. It was inspired by his connections with Bournemouth.
William Rimmer (1861-1936)
Les Cloches de St Malo – Bell Gavotte (1903)
The music of William Rimmer, primarily a composer of Brass Band music, was often played by the Boots Plaisaunce Band.
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Prelude on Rhosymedre
arr. by Arnold Foster (1920)
Rhosymedre is a Welsh hymn tune,
used originally as the basis for an organ prelude.
The Tank Ride – Characteristic Impression (1918)
Tanks first appeared on the battlefield in 1916. Their typically slow and ungainly movement is depicted in this unusual piece.
Roger Quilter (1877-1953)
Three English Dances Op.11 (1910)
Quilter was trained in Germany but is best known
for his large output of English songs.
Sir Edward Elgar
Nimrod from the Enigma Variations (1899)