English Music Spiralling Through the Centuries

 

SIONED WILLIAMS –HARP

PROGRAMME FOR ROYAL DUBLIN SOCIETY  (MINERVA SUITE)

20TH OCTOBER 2013 2.30PM

 

English music spiralling through the centuries

** ONE WORLD PREMIERE and THREE IRISH PREMIERES**

Four amazingly diverse compositions by composers

                        Anthony Bolton *     Michael Finnissy *

 Paul Patterson **      Michael Stimpson *

together with works by

John Dowland  … a courtly renaissance master

Henry Smart … a splendid classical composer in the style of Haydn

Elias Parish-Alvars …  Berlioz called him ‘The Liszt of the harp’

Benjamin Britten  … a central figure of 20th century music

York Bowen  … nicknamed ‘The English Rachmaninov’

William Alwyn  … Hugh Ottoway said ‘how directly this music communicates’

Arnold Bax … profoundly influenced by Ireland, after reading Yeats he said ‘In a moment, the Celt within me stood revealed’

 

** World premiere    * Irish premiere

 

 

Sioned’s presentations have been described as

‘a special, generous and illuminating experience for the audience.’

This recital will be briefly introduced from the platform with information and anecdotes about the composers and the harpists for whom the pieces were written…

 

 

FULL PROGRAMME BELOW

FIRST PART

 

Paul Patterson b. 1947                   Spirals

Decade

Reflection

Twists and Turns

Humoresque

Twirls

Cascades

 

 

John Dowland 1563-1626          My Lady Hunsdon’s Puffe

 

Henry Smart 1778-1823              Sonata for Harp

Allegro moderato

                      Andante con espres

           Allegro vivace

William Alwyn 1905-1985              Crépuscule

Anthony Bolton   b. 1950                Impromptu for harp

 

Elias Parish-Alvars  1808-1849        Papagallo (Souvenir de Naples)                                                            

 

 

INTERVAL

 

Michael Finnissy  b. 1946                 Welsh Harp

 

Arnold Bax, 1883 – 1953                  Valse

 

 

Benjamin Britten 1913-1976          Interlude from

                                            A Ceremony of Carols Op.28

 

 

Michael Stimpson  b. 1948             The Drowning of Capel Celyn 

                                               (Boddi Capel Celyn)                                

 

                                                              First Light (Golau cynta’r wawr)

                                                                    Wheels of treason (Olwynion brad)

                                   Flooding (Llifogi)

                                      Sunken (Suddedig)

                                     Farewell (Ffarwél)

Edwin York Bowen 1884-1961                  Arabesque