Conducting Favourite Concert Pieces

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Clarendon Press, 1998 - Music - 258 pages
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This apparently haphazard collection of essays on the interpretation of more unusual concert pieces was chosen partly with a view to more imaginative programme planning, the other requirement being that each piece is by a composer whose output would never make up a whole book. There are manycomposers who wrote one, or two, masterpieces, yet failed to leave a worthy oeuvre; these are often forgotten when building programmes, yet they enhance so many when brought to mind. This compilation spans a little over a hundred years from the 19th and 20th centuries and all are colourful andattractive. Once again Norman Del Mar brings us his expertise in handling the orchestra over a wide variety of styles and complicated instrumentation, his compulsive enthusiasm and broad knowledge being an invaluable guide to both the aspiring conductor, the expert, and the music-loving listener alike. Thetwenty-two essays range from Russia to Spain, from Schonberg to Kodaly, from Wolf to Poulenc, with such firm favourites as La Forza del Destino revealing unexpected tricky moments and the Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from Peter Grimes full of hints and advice straight from Britten himself,for Norman Del Mar worked for many years with him at Aldeburgh and on tour with the English Opera Group.
 

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Contents

Balakirev Tamara I
15
Bloch Schelomo
27
Britten Four Sea Interludes
42
Chabrier Espana
59
Chausson Poeme for Violin and Orchestra
66
Dohnanyi Variations on a Childrens Song
75
Dukas UApprenti sorrier
100
Falla Nights in the Gardens of Spain
114
Liszt Mephisto Waltz No i
144
Mussorgsky A Night on the Bare Mountain
154
us sorgskyRavel Pictures from an Exhibition
192
Schonberg Five Orchestral Pieces
199
Schonberg Kammersymphonie No i
215
Verdi Overture La Forza del destino
228
Wagner Eine FaustOuvertiire
235
Wolf Italian Serenade for Small
248

Kodaly Dances of Galanta
127
Kodaly Summer Evening
138

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Distinguished conductor, now deceased.

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