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Fand is happy to announce the publication of the latest two new works by Peter Thompson.
Calydon Eclogue is a short, classically poetic study for unaccompanied violin on “Arcadian Atalanta, snowy-souled,” as featured in Swinburne’s tragedy, Atalanta in Calydon. Three Pieces is a triptych of slow, reflective and not difficult poems for piano.
Although it is well-known as an orchestral work by Bax, The Happy Forest was originally composed as a piano solo. It was written for Herbert Farjeon, whose prose poem of the same name had inspired the piece. Bax decided to orchestrate it some time later, and the orchestral version became established, but the original piano piece remained unpublished until now.
Composition was completed on 13th May 1914, and Graham Parlett is currently putting the final touches to his first edition, which will be published in time for the work’s centenary.
The title Nympholept refers to a person who suffers from nympholepsy, a state of rapture inspired by nymphs; the music is based on a poem of the same name by Swinburne about panic induced by noonday silence in the woods.
Bax himself also wrote a poem of the same title a few months before composing the piano piece, and he later orchestrated the music. Neither the original piano piece nor the orchestral version was performed in his lifetime, however.
As may be expected from its title and subject matter, the piece is a typically rhapsodic Baxian offering, and is a work of some considerable substance, lasting for over 10 minutes and making considerable technical demands of the pianist.
Though the following two CDs of cello works by Kodály and Carter/Messiaen/Martinů/Cutler are not Fand publications, we are delighted to stock and promote them to a wider audience. They join cellist Lionel Handy’s most recent CD, BAX: Works for Cello and Piano, which was originally launched through Fand. These three CDs represent Lionel Handy’s complete recordings to date.
Admirers of Carey Blyton’s work will be interested to learn of a completely new website, which has been created in place of the old one. Visitors will find a deeply searching porthole into the multifaceted work and world of Carey Blyton:
The creation of the site, the work of Richard Hallas, is an ongoing project and there is much scope, in terms of further development, for featuring Carey’s media work as well as highlighting current news, but already a number of films can be viewed as well as sundry articles, stories, letters etc.
However, perhaps the most valuable part of the new site is the fully comprehensive catalogue. Here is detailed information on each of Carey’s 111 opus numbers, together with his numerous other unnumbered works. Many of these works are still available and there are quick links to each publisher; further, there is now an online Shop where works and recordings can be instantly purchased. The Shop operates in partnership with Fand Music Press, and also offers Carey’s publications from Modus Music.
There is much else, for the website is not only a focus for scholars but is very much in keeping with the humorous nature of much of Carey’s work. The site is as friendly to the infant searching for news of B1 as it is to the venerable researcher seeking information concerning A Shoal of Fishes or Arnold and the Acorns!
Please visit www.careyblyton.com!
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