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London Pastoral for Tenor & Chamber Orchestra

London Pastoral for Tenor & Chamber Orchestra by BENNETT, Richard Rodney [Colin Davis' copy] (1962)
Author: BENNETT, Richard Rodney [Colin Davis' copy]
Title: London Pastoral for Tenor & Chamber Orchestra
Year: 1962
Publisher: N/A
Place: London
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Signed: No
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Colin Davis' conductor's score of London Pastoral for tenor and chamber orchestra, a facsimile of the manuscript score, bound in card wrappers, from the conductor's collection. This work was a commission for the City of London Festival of 1962 and sets poems by Laurence Binyon, Wordsworth and John Lydgate. Davis gave the premiere of Richard Rodney Bennett’s opera The Mines of Sulphur in 1965.

This score is from a large collection of scores that belonged to the conductor Sir Colin Davis, many annotated and used in performance, almost all from the post-war period and including at least two examples of scores from which Davis conducted the work's premier: Thea Musgrave's Clarinet Concerto (Davis was himself originally a clarinettist by training) and Malcolm Williamson's The Stone Wall which Davis premiered at the Last Night of the Proms in September 1971. Most of the scores are full size performance versions, several including this one very large indeed in order to accommodate the scoring of a post-Schoenberg orchestra. Davis achieved global recognition for his conducting with a particular enthusiasm for the music of Mozart, Berlioz, Elgar, Sibelius, Stravinsky and Tippett.
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