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Program Eight • The Islands and the Continent

August 12, 2023

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Program Eight brings the World War II years into focus. Featured composers include Northern Ireland’s Howard Ferguson; Vaughan Williams’s student Gordon Jacob and close associate Edmund Rubbra; his Hungarian counterpart in folksong collection Béla Bartók; and Egon Wellesz and Robert Müller-Hartmann, two of the Jewish refugees interned as “Alien Musicians” whose release he secured as chair of a dedicated Home Office committee. Both he and Arnold Bax dedicated works to prominent British pianist and ardent Zionist Harriet Cohen, of whose Bach interpretations and arrangements Vaughan Williams was especially fond. The concert closes with an account of his own Second String Quartet, which borrows from his score for the wartime propaganda film 49th Parallel.


1 pm Preconcert Talk: Christina Bashford
1:30 pm Performance:
Martin Luther Clark, tenor; Brandon Patrick George, flute; Andrey Gugnin, piano; Piers Lane, piano; Lun Li, violin; Alec Manasse, clarinet; Parker Quartet

Gordon Jacob (1895–1984)

Sonatina (1949)

Robert Müller-Hartmann (1884–1950)

Selections from Sieben Skizzen, Op. 6 (1914)

J.S. Bach (1685-1750), arr. for piano by Harriet Cohen (1895–1967)

Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 731

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958)

Hymn Tune Prelude on “Song 13” by Orlando Gibbons for piano (1928)

Egon Wellesz (1885–1974)

Suite for flute solo, Op. 57 (1937)

Arnold Bax (1883–1953)

Sonata, for clarinet and piano (1934)

Howard Ferguson (1908–99)

Four Short Pieces, for clarinet and piano, Op. 6 (1936)

Béla Bartók (1881–1945)

Second Rhapsody, S. 89 (1928, rev. 1935)

Edmund Rubbra (1901–84)

Ave Maria Gratia Plena for tenor and string quartet (1953)

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958)

String Quartet No. 2 (1944)

Message from Lun Li

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