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Notes on Major Compositions
listed by composer
~ A ~
- Adams, John Two Concertos for
- Addinsell, Richard Warsaw Concerto
from British made film
Squadron" as it was known in USA release. The
British film title was 'Dangerous Moonlight'. The film came out in 1941. The
music became more popular than the film. And more popular than some of
Addinsell's other film scores like 'Gaslight' in 1939, 'Blythe Spirit' in
1945 and 'A Christmas Carol' in 1951. To:
"Brian van der Spuy" | Block address
Fri, 26 Jan 2001 13:04:29 -0000
mc~ Warsaw concerto
I recently acquired a new CD with some music for piano and orchestra.
As a bonus, it also includes Richard Addinsell's Warsaw concerto.
There is a story behind this work, but I heard of it so long ago that
I can't even remember whether I heard it on the radio, read about it
or was told it by someone. I wonder if someone can refresh my memory?
The story goes like this: some film producer made a movie (I can't
remember the title) and commissioned Rachmaninov to write a score for
it. Unfortunately, Rachmaninov demanded a higher fee than the
producer was willing to pay, so instead Addinsell was commissioned to
write a score in the style of Rachmaninov. And as it turned out, just
as with Grieg's Peer Gynt suites, it was another case of the
incidental music becoming more famous than the production it was
composed to support. As far as I know, it is also the only notable
thing Addinsell composed. Anybody knows more about this?
- Alfven Swedish Rhapsody
Swedish composer Hugo Alfven wrote five symphonies and a large amount of
choral and orchestral music, none of which has had the lasting appeal of
the folkmusic inspired 'Swedish Rhapsody'. It was premiered in Sweden in
1904 as 'A Midsummer Night's Vigil".