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ELGAR Violin Sonata in E minor Op.82
ELGAR Quartet for Oboe and Strings
FOULDS Essays in the Modes Op.78 (extracts) - for piano
DOWLAND Dr Case’s Pavan - arr. Mayer for sitar
WALTON Quartet for Piano and Strings
In the first part of this double bill, Ensemble 360 extends the festival’s British theme to include works and composers associated with the days of the British Empire. Debate continues over much of Elgar’s work – overtly jingoistic or merely patriotic? – but there is no doubting the fascination for India held by his contemporary, the extraordinary maverick genius John Foulds. His evocative setting of South Indian Ragas is here complemented by a short celebration of Dowland’s 450th anniversary on one of the oldest members of the guitar family, the sitar.
Please note the concert is one hour in duration with no interval.
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We asked the Friends of Music in the Round to comment on the pieces in the May Festival that they were most looking forward to hearing. Here are some of their comments about this concert:
“I have played the piano part of the Elgar violin sonata with a friend many times, and am grateful that this great composer, best known for his works for large forces, should have left this gem which is accessible to me as a player.”
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