Wardourcastlesummerschool

A Blog about the Wardour Castle Summer Schools 1964, 1965

1965 Concert Programme

1965 Programme of Concerts submitted to the Arts Council following their support of some of the concerts in the series. More on that later. One of the aims of this research was to make accessible information of the kind present here. There are some fascinating concerts, with lots of early music alongside new works. I would love to hear the Busoni (arranging Bach), Bach (arranged Goehr), Mozart, Holloway, Gibbons, Eisler concert. Fascinating.

I haven’t included the programme notes, and no author is given for most of these. A playlist of those works here that are also available on spotify can be found here: WCSS. It’s a collaborative playlist so if you find a work that I haven’t listed you can add it. You can also delete tracks and add new ones (perhaps you don’t like my choice of performers?). The recording of Birtwistle’s Tragoedia is by the Melos Ensemble with Lawrence Foster conducting.

(ACGB/51/265; see 1)

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WARDOUR CASTLE SUMMER CONCERTS

President: MICHAEL TIPPETT

Director: HARRISON BIRTWISTLE

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Sunday, 15 August at 8 p.m.

BETHANY BEARDSLEE, soprano

EMMANUEL HURWITZ, violin

STEPHEN PRUSLIN, pianoforte

I. Five Songs . . Schubert

Ganymed (Goethe)

Auflösung (Mayrhofer)

Nachtviolen (Mayrhofer)

Auf dem Wasser zu singen (Stoliberg)

An Sylvia (Shakespeare)

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II. Chansons de Bilitis (Pierre Louys) . . Debussy

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III. Sonata No. 13 in B-flat major for piano and violin, K. 454 . . Mozart

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INTERVAL – 25 MINUTES

(During the interval you are invited to view the exhibition of painting and sculpture, which is in the centre of the castle. The bar is also open.

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IV. Two Songs . . Schoenberg

Ich darf nicht dankend (Stefan George)

In diesen Wintertagen (G. Henckel)

Three Songs, opus 25 (Hildegard Jone) . . Webern

Wie bin ich froh

Des Herzens Purpurvogel

Sterne, Ihr silbernen Bienen

[…]

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V. Philomel for soprano, recorded soprano, and synthesized sound . . Milton Babbitt

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Monday, 16 August at 8 p.m.

BETHANY BEARDSLEE, soprano

Melos Ensemble

EMANUEL HURWITZ, violin

CECIL ARONOWITZ, viola

TERENCE WEIL, cello

COLIN CHAMBERS, flute and piccolo

GERVASE DE PEYER, clarinet

ALAN HACKER, bass clarinet

ERIC ROSEBERRY, piano

EDWARD DOWNES, director

I. Trio No. 1 in B-flat major for pianoforte, violin, and violoncello, opus 99 . . Schubert

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INTERVAL – 25 MINUTES

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II. Pierrot Lunaire, opus 21 . . Schoenberg

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Tuesday, 17 August at 5 p.m.

RECITAL

by LEONARD STEIN, piano

BAGATELLES . . Beethoven

THREE PIANO PIECES . . Alexander Goehr

PRELUDE FOR PIANO AND TAPE . . Subotnick

(short pause)

COCKTAIL MUSIC . . Salvatore Martirano

PIANO PIECES OP. 23 . . Schoenberg

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Wednesday, 18 August at 8 p.m.

Melos Ensemble:

EMANUEL HURWITZ, violin

KAY HURWITZ, viola

LEONARD FRIEDMAN, violin

CECIL ARONOWITZ, viola

TERENCE WEIL, cello

WILLIAM BENNETT, flute

ALAN HACKER, bass clarinet

ERIC ROSENBERRY, piano

STEPHEN PRUSLIN, piano

BARBARA ELSY, Soprano

PAULINE STEVENS, contralto

IAN PARTRIDGE, tenor

GEOFFREY SHAW, bass

ALEXANDER GOEHR, director

I. Busoni – Canonic Variations and Fugue for pianoforte on the theme of King Frederick the Great from Bach’s Musical Offering.

followed by

II. Bach – Six Part Ricercar from the Musical Offering.

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The six-part ricercar, which follows the Busoni work, will be performed in an instrumental arrangement by Alexander Goehr.

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III. Mozart: Quartet for flute, violin, viola, and violoncello in D major, K. 285

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IV. Cantata on texts by Edward Benlowes . . Robin Holloway

First performance written for Summer School

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V. “Cryes of London . . Orlando Gibbons

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VI. “Fourteen Ways of Describing Rain” . . Hanns Eisler

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Thursday, 19 August at 5 p.m.

BARBARA ELSY, Soprano

PAULINE STEVENS, contralto

IAN PARTRIDGE, tenor

GEOFFREY SHAW, bass

TRISTRAM FRY, percussion

AQUIL ALTERA . . Jacops [sic] da Bologna

IN TUA MEMONIA [sic]  . . Arnold de Nantins [sic Lantins]

WESTRON WYNDE . . Anon

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WESTERN WIND MASS . . John Tavener [sic]

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Pause

VENI SANCTE SPIRITAS [sic] . . Robert Sherlan [sic] Johnson

(First performance written for Summer School)

LITTLE CANTATA OF PROVERBS (Blake) . . Alexander Goehr [John Alldis launched the John Alldis Choir with its premiere in 1962 1]

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SIBYLLA DELPHIA [sic]

LA NUIET [sic] FROIDE ET SOMBRE

FUYONS TOUS

BONJOUR MON COER

ICH WEISS MICH [sic] EIN MADLEIN [sic] . . Orlando di lassus [sic]

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Friday, 20 August at 8 p.m.

EMANUEL HURWITZ, violin

LEONARD FRIEDMAN, violin

CECIL ARONOWITZ, viola

TERENCE WEIL, cello

WILLIAM BENNETT, flute

PETER GRAEME, oboe

WILLIAM WATERHOUSE, bassoon

NEIL SANDERS, horn

HILLARY WILSON, harp

BARBARA ELSY, soprano

PAULINE STEVENS, contralto

IAN PARTRIDGE, tenor

GEOFFREY SHAW, bass

MEMBERS OF THE SUMMER SCHOOL

LAWRENCE FOSTER, director

PETER MAXWELL DAVIES, director

I. Canon for Syntagma Musicum (1619) . . Michael Praetorius

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II. Dunstable:

voices and instruments: Sanctus and Agnus Dei

organ: Sub tuam protectionem

voices and instruments: Motet, “Veni Sancte Spiritus – Veni Creator”

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III. (a) Plainsong, Gloria Tibi Trinitas

(b) Benedictus, from “Gloria Tibit Trinitas” Mass . . John Taverner

(c) In Nomine . . John Taverner

(d) In Nomine . . Thomas Tallis

(e) Gloria Tibi Trinitas . . John Blitheman

(f) Two “In Nomines” . . Peter Maxwell Davies

Commissioned by Melos Ensemble for Summer School

(g) Fantasia (In Nomine) . . Henry Purcell

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The two new “In Nomines” use the plainsong, and the instrumental versions of the Tallis and Blitheman are by Maxwell Davies.

TRAGOEDIA . . Harrison Birtwistle

First performance, commissioned by the Melos Ensemble for the Summer School

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INTERVAL – 25 MINUTES

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V. Motet – Ecce Manus Tradentis . . Peter Maxwell Davies

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Saturday, 21 August at 5 p.m.

RECITAL

ROGER SMALLEY, piano

BRIAN DENNIS, baritone

WILLIAM YORK, clarinet

JOHN WHITE, tenor horn

TWO PIECES from AMORES for prepared piano . . John Cage

LAST PIECES . . Morton Feldman

FEBRUARY PIECES I, II, III . . Cornelius Cardew

NEUMES RHYTHMIQUES

ILE DE FEU I . . Messiaen

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Pause

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PIANO PIECES . . Karlheinz Stockhausen

TWO POEMS of D. H. LAWRENCE

for baritone, clarinet, tenor horn, piano (1st performance) . . Roger Smalley

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These concerts are given with the support of the Arts Council of Great Britain

A letter from the WCSS treasurer, H. O. Young to the Arts Council clarified the programme with information about a participant’s concert:

The sixth concert was on Saturday and describted as the ‘Participants Concrt [sic]’. It was made up of the following items:-

Bach    Double Concerto for 2 violins in D minor. Leonard Freedman and Emmanuel Hurwitz.

Bach    Cantata conducted by John Aldis and sung by participants.  Solo parts by Barbara Elsy, Pauline Stevens, Geffrey Shaw and Ian Partridge.

March ‘Verdi’ from Macbeth played by Participants and conducted by John Aldis.

The concert was well attended and included in the average attendances as stated. (ACGB/51/1265)

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