Allegro molto – II (Geoffrey Bush 100)

Geoffrey Bush (23 marzo 1920 - 1998): Divertimento per archi (1943). Royal Ballet Sinfonia, dir. David Lloyd-Jones.

  1. Deciso – Allegro
  2. Lento ma non troppo
  3. Allegro molto

Una gavotta, sei doubles e undici variazioni

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683 - 1764): Gavotte avec six doubles (da Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de Clavecin, c1726-27: n. 7 della Suite in la minore). Scott Ross, clavicembalo.

Anthony Hedges (1931 - 2019): Variations on a Theme of Rameau per orchestra da camera op. 34 (1969, revisione 1997). Royal Ballet Sinfonia, dir. Gavin Sutherland.

Bethlehem Down

Peter Warlock (pseudonimo di Philip Heseltine; 1894 – 17 dicembre 1930): Bethlehem Down, carol per coro a 4 voci (1927) su testo Bruce Blunt (1899 – 1957). Coro del King’s College di Cambridge.

«When He is King we will give Him a King’s gifts,
Myrrh for its sweetness, and gold for a crown,
Beautiful robes», said the young girl to Joseph,
Fair with her first-born on Bethlehem Down.

Bethlehem Down is full of the starlight,
Winds for the spices, and stars for the gold,
Mary for sleep, and for lullaby music,
Songs of a shepherd by Bethlehem fold.

When He is King they will clothe Him in grave-sheets,
Myrrh for embalming, and wood for a crown,
He that lies now in the white arms of Mary,
Sleeping so lightly on Bethlehem Down.

Here He has peace and a short while for dreaming,
Close-huddled oxen to keep him from cold,
Mary for love, and for lullaby music,
Songs of a shepherd by Bethlehem Down.

Lo stesso brano nella trascrizione per orchestra d’archi realizzata nel 2002 da Philip Lane (1950-). Royal Ballet Sinfonia, dir. Gavin Sutherland.