Pantomime and Dance


Composer Richard Arnell was born in London in 1917 during a Zeppelin raid during the Great War. His career spanned two continents including the United States. He wrote many works especially for the prolific conductor Sir Thomas Beecham. Punch and the Child is based on the classic hand-puppet show Punch and Judy. The humour is violent and children love it. The ballet tells of a sad Victorian child at an English seaside resort who is fascinated by the puppet show. When a sudden storm appears, she takes shelter inside the puppeteer’s booth, where a living Punch doll suddenly appears.

Choreographer Serge Diaghilev visited London several times. On his second visit, he commissioned music from Lord Berners called The Triumph of Neptune. The story follows a sailor and a journalist who look through a magic telescope and see Fairyland. On their voyage there, they are shipwrecked by Neptune but then saved by Britannia.

Frederick Delius wrote two works called Dance Rhapsody. Number one was written in 1906, number 2 in 1916. The second rhapsody is shorter in length from the first and requires fewer players from the orchestra (30 as opposed to 100 of the first).

This music will be featured on this week’s An English Pastorale, Sunday at 9 am.
Richard Arnell – Punch and the Child, Op. 49
Lord Berners – The Triumph of Neptune Suite
Frederick Delius – Dance Rhapsody No. 2

Enjoy a bit of a traditional Punch and Judy performance:

Bourbon Baroque and Bach Scholar Dean Karns

bourbon baroque

Bourbon Baroque is presenting Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, featuring flutist Leela Breithaupt, on September 14th and 15th at Old 502 Winery. Bach scholar, Dean Karns, will be on hand to discuss the music of Bach. Austin Clark and Karns stopped by Classical 90.5 with this preview

New York Philharmonic from Vail

Sun is setting as the orchestra peforms encore, 8pm, 7/28/11. Photo by Chris Lee.

For 12 years, the New York Philharmonic has been traveling to Vail, Colorado to present Bravo! Vail. For the next three Saturdays at 9pm, on The New York Philharmonic This Week! with Alec Baldwin, we’ll give you a seat on the grass for highlights from the most recent festival, featuring pianist Yefim Bronfman, oboist Liang Wang and clarinetist Marc Nuccio, with conductors Alan Gilbert and Bramwell Tovey.

Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival (Program 1)
Alan Gilbert, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano

Nielsen: Helios Overture
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3
Grieg: Selections from Peer Gynt:
Morning Mood
Solvejg’s Song
Åse’s Death
Anitra’s Dance
In the Hall of the Mountain King
Liszt: Les Préludes

Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival (Program 2)
Alan Gilbert, conductor
Liang Wang, oboe

Strauss: Don Juan
Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
Rouse: Oboe Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet

Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival (Program 3)
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Marc Nuccio, clarinet

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
Gershwin arr. Rose: Strike Up the Band
Copland: Clarinet Concerto
Grofé: Grand Canyon Suite

Music Makes a City with Teddy Abrams

The Music Makes a City team is starting to release webisodes updating their original film’s story, and highlighting new Louisville Orchestra music director Teddy Abrams. Check it out and watch their Youtube channel for more!

John Rutter


John Rutter was born in London in 1945 and received his first musical education as a chorister at Highgate School. He went on to study music at Clare College, Cambridge, where he wrote his first published compositions and conducted his first recording while still a student. His compositional career spans both large and small-scale choral works, orchestral and instrumental pieces, a piano concerto, two children’s operas, music for television, and works for such groups as the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble and the King’s Singers.

From 1975 to 1979 he was Director of Music at Clare College, whose choir he directed in a number of broadcasts and recordings. After giving up the Clare post to allow more time for composition, he formed the Cambridge Singers as a professional chamber choir primarily dedicated to recording, and he now divides his time between composition and conducting.

John Rutter’s orchestra music will be featured on this week’s An English Pastorale, Sunday at 9 am.