Friday, 19 May 2017

Twenty Pieces of Music evoking London

A listing of 20 pieces of music that are descriptive or evocative of London. I have presented the works in chronological order.
The geographical location has been stretched to include Hampton Court. Most of these works have been recorded, some many times. However, I understand that the Mackenzie and the Walford Davies are not [yet] available. Opportunity knocks?
With thanks to Lewis and Susan Foreman’s essential book, London: A Musical Gazeteer, Yale University Press, 2005) which acted as an excellent aide-memoire when I was writing this post.
The listener should note that there are plenty more pieces that I could have listed: perhaps a further 20 in a future post.

Edward Elgar: Cockaigne Overture (In London Town) (1900-1)
Alexander Campbell Mackenzie: London Day by Day Suite (‘Under the Clock’, ‘Merry Mayfair’, ‘Song of Thanksgiving’ and ‘Hampstead Heath’) (1902)
Ralph Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony (1914/1920/1933)
George Dyson: In Honour of the City (1928)
John Ireland: Ballade of London Nights (1930)
Eric Coates: London Suite (‘Covent Garden’, ‘Westminster’, ‘Knightsbridge March’) (1933)
Eric Coates: London Again Suite (‘Oxford Street’, ‘Langham Place: Elegie’ and ‘Mayfair Valse’) (1936)
John Ireland: A London Overture (1936)
Henry Walford Davies: Big Ben Looks On: orchestral fantasy (1937)
Arnold Bax: A London Pageant (1937)
Haydn Wood: London Landmarks (‘Nelson’s Column’, ‘Tower Hill’, ‘Horse Guard’s Whitehall’) (1946)
Haydn Wood: London Cameos (‘The City’, ‘St James Park’ and ‘State Ball at Buckingham Palace’) (1947)
Haydn Wood: Snapshots of London (‘Sadler’s Wells’, ‘Regent’s Park’ and ‘Wellington Barracks’) (c.1948)
Cyril Watters: Piccadilly Spree (c.1953)
Montague Phillips: Hampton Court (1954)
Robert Farnon: Westminster Waltz (1956)
Phylis Tate: London Fields Suite (‘Springtime in Kew,' ‘Rondo for Roundabouts’, ‘Hampton Court – the Maze’ and ‘St James’s Park – a lakeside reverie’. (1958)
George Lloyd: Royal Parks -for brass band (1985)
Gordon Langford: London Miniatures (‘London Calls’, ‘Soho’, ‘Green Park’, ‘Trafalgar Square’, ‘The Cenotaph’ and ‘Horse Guard’s Parade’) (?)
Eric Ball: Kensington Concerto -for brass band (1972)


3 comments:

Paul Brownsey said...

Don't forget Ketelby's Cockney Suite, one of the items being called 'Appy 'Ampstead (apostrophes in original). There's something faintly patronising about the spelling which I find I nonetheless quite like...

Graham said...

Will Frank Tapp's Overture 'Metropolis' which you covered in 2013 form part of this list?

Ever since you posted about it I have been waiting for further information, just in case any had come to light.

John France said...

Yes, I would love to hear Tapp's overture. I guess the score has disappeared into the mists of time.
It is so frustrating to know details of a work, but not be able to hear it.