WILLIAM BOYCE Symphony No 3
(1711-1779) Allegro – Vivace – Tempo di Minuetto
Boyce was a chorister at St Pauls Cathedral and studied under the organist Maurice Greene. Maurice Greene was later to succeed as Master of the King’s Musick in 1755. He also became organist at the Chapel Royal and conductor of the three choirs Festival and worked with Garrick at Drury Lane. With the onset of severe deafness, Boyce worked on completing Greens’ “Cathedral Music”, a collection covering 200 years, and edited the works of Byrd and Purcell, many of which are still in use in Anglican services. He is best known for his brilliant set of eight symphonies in the Italian and French styles. Symphonies 1-4 are in the Italian style whereas symphonies 5-8 are written in the French Style.
MAURO GIULIANI Guitar Concerto Op. 30 in A Major
(1781 – 1829)
Soloist: Macaulay Lock
Mauro Giuseppe Sergio Pantaleo Giuliani was born near Bari and studied the cello but the 6 string guitar soon became his preference. Italy at this time was blessed with many excellent guitarists such as Agliati, Carulli, Gragniani and Nava and so Giuliani went north and settled in Vienna where he became the greatest living guitarist. It was in this city in April 1808 that he gave the premiere of tonight’s concerto to great acclaim. He led the classical guitar movement in Vienna, composing over 200 works for the instrument and notated on the treble clef in a new manner by the use of note stem directions and rests. In 1813, Giuliani played the cello in the first performance of Beethoven’s 7th symphony in an orchestra which included Hummel and Spohr. In the following year he was appointed ‘Virtuoso Onorario da Camera’ to the Empress Marie Louise. Because of mounting debt problems, he returned to Italy and was patronised by the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies until his death in Naples on the 8th of May, 1829..
GEORGE FREDERICK HANDEL Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
(1685 – 1759) (from ‘Solomon’)
This piece forms the overture to the 3rd Act of the Oratorio ‘Solomon’, which Handel completed in June 1748. The work, one of his most elaborate scores, was first performed at Covent Garden on 17th March 1749 “with a Concerto”. The original musical idea for this now famous movement was not Handel’s own, but comes from the ritornello of an Air from the opera Numitore by Giovanni Porta (1675 – 1755), commissioned by the Royal Academy of Music in 1720. Handel changes the rhythm substantially to produce music of great vitality – representing not so much the arrival of the Queen, as the general flurry of making ready for her reception.
JOSEPH G. RHEINBERGER First Movement of the Organ Concerto
(1839-1901) No1 in F
Soloist: Alberto Massimo
Joseph Rheinberger composed his Organ Concerto No. 1, opus 137, for organ, strings, and three horns in 18th June 1884 and it received its first performance in St Paul’s Church, Leipzig, in November of that year. Rheinberger is Liechtenstein’s most famous composer. Born in 1839 in Vaduz, son of the Prince of Lichtenstein’s treasurer, he showed prodigious talent by becoming church organist at seven years of age and writing a three-part mass! At 12, through pressure and persuasion, the boy’s father sent him for further study to Munich, where he studied theory, organ, and piano at the conservatory. As early as 1853, Rheinberger was employed as organist of a number of churches and also earned his living as a private teacher. Above all, he devoted himself to composition, writing well over 100 works in a few years – but self-criticism meant he did not release them for publication, waiting instead until 1859 for
his opus 1, four piano pieces.
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