LYMINGTON TIMES ARTICLE
Precocity , brilliant facility in composition and orchestration and early death are characteristics of three of the composers (Weber , Mendelssohn and Schubert) feature in the concert.
Weber’s thrilling overture “Oberon” started the programme. Weber travelled to London in 1826 (against his doctor’s advice) to premiere the Opera. His doctor proved right – Weber died of Tuberculosis in London a month or so after the first performance at the age of 40. This overture demonstrates what a master of orchestration Weber was. Oberon is the King of the Fairies and has injudiciously made a vow that he won’t be reconciled with his wife Titania until he finds a couple of faithful human lovers –apparently a difficult task! The overture features horn solos (representing Oberon’s magic horn) , delicate fairy-like music and luscious tunes.
Bruckner was described by one biographer as “half-simpleton, half-genius”. Compared with the other featured composers he was a late developer. He worked as a schoolmaster and organist before trying his hand at orchestral composition relatively late. His “Four Little Orchestral Pieces” were composed as exercises for his teacher when he was 38. They are charmingly simple compared with his later complex symphonies. The first performance took place in 1924, over 60 years after their composition.
Mendelssohn on the other hand, like Schubert, was a precocious and prolific composer from an early age. His Octet and “Midsummer Night’s Dream, both composed when he was a teenager are testaments to his invention. The first of ten visits to Britain took place in 1829 and included a trip to Scotland where he visited Staffa. He wrote a note to his sister Fanny of visiting Fingal’s cave and of the ideas that came into his head for his Hebrides Overture – one of his most enduringly popular pieces.
Schubert , by the age of 18 had already written numerous songs , chamber works and two symphonies. During 1815 he wrote 20,00 bars of music including Symphony No 3. This symphony starts with a slow introduction with woodwind solos leading into a brisk Allegro. The two middle movements are marked Allegretto and Minuet and Trio. The final movement , marked Presto is a spirited romp.
At the time of Schubert’s premature death in 1828 at the age of 31 some of his works (mainly songs and chamber music ) had been published but many manuscripts remained in drawers and filing cabinets of friends , relatives and publishers. Following a visit to Vienna in 1867 by Sir George Grove (musicologist) and Sir Arthur Sullivan, more of his works became published and better known. It is thought that the first public performance of Symphony No 3 took place in London in 1881. Brahms and Dvorak both championed Schubert’s works.
The New Forest Orchestra, who perform in a variety of venues across the southern New Forest are very much looking forward to returning to Milford on Sea
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Comments heard from Audience
‘it’s nice to hear different music’
‘lot of work there, I wonder how long they take to rehearse it’
‘they’ve got a lot of musicians haven’t they?’
‘that was fast and very intricate, lovely’
‘pity you can’t see the man at the back playing’
‘aren’t we lucky to have an orchestra like this coming here’
‘some of them aren’t that young to be playing all this time’.
Rehearsal at St Thomas' , Lymington for Festival Concert 8th July 2017
MILFORD FESTIVAL 2016 Photographs below courtesy of Alex Magill