Main: Vicwardiana — feat. Edward German

in Daily Programme, Radio Riel Main

by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 14 March, 2018

Today on Radio Riel we present a collection of music from the Victorian and Edwardian eras — “Vicwardiana” — featuring a collection of historic 100-year-old recordings of orchestral works by Sir Edward German, recorded by HMV in 1916 with an orchestra conducted by the composer.

Sir Edward German (17 February 1862 – 11 November 1936) was an English musician and composer of Welsh descent, best remembered for his extensive output of incidental music for the stage and as a successor to Arthur Sullivan in the field of English comic opera. Some of his light operas, especially Merrie England, are still performed.

In 1888, he became music director of Globe Theatre in London. He provided popular incidental music for many productions at the Globe and other London theatres, including Richard III (1889), Henry VIII (1892) and Nell Gwynn (1900). He also wrote symphonies, orchestral suites, symphonic poems and other works. He wrote a considerable body of songs, piano music, and symphonic suites and other concert music, of which his Welsh Rhapsody (1904) is perhaps best known.

German was engaged to finish The Emerald Isle after the death of Arthur Sullivan in 1900, the success of which led to more comic operas, including Merrie England (1902) and Tom Jones (1907). He also wrote the Just So Song Book in 1903 to Rudyard Kipling’s texts and continued to write orchestral music. (Information from Wikipedia.)

Today’s show covers a wide range of musical styles and genres, from music-hall songs to parlour ballads, from classical pieces to waltzes and dance-hall music, and music from mechanical instruments of the period (plus some rather more recent, but you’ll have to spot them). Recordings are a mixture of modern and period performances.


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