Main: Vicwardiana — feat. Edward German

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.


Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. If you are in the Unit­ed States or Cana­da, please click here to launch the Stream Licens­ing play­er. 

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