Sunday Bandstand 14 March 2021

Sunday Bandstand 14 March 2021

Giacomo Meyerbeer  (born Jacob Liebmann Beer; 5 September 1791 – 2 May 1864) was a German opera composer of Jewish birth and the most frequently performed opera composer during the nineteenth century. 

With his 1831 opera Robert le Diable and its successors, he gave the genre of grand opera 'decisive character'. His grand opera style was achieved by his merging of German orchestra style with Italian vocal tradition. These were employed in the context of sensational and melodramatic libretti created by Eugène Scribe and were enhanced by the up-to-date theatre technology of the Paris Opéra. They set a standard which helped to maintain Paris as the opera capital of the nineteenth century.

Born to a very wealthy Berlin family, Meyerbeer began his musical career as a pianist but soon decided to devote himself to opera, spending several years in Italy studying and composing.

At the same time as his successes in Paris, Meyerbeer, as a Prussian Court  Director of Music from 1832, and from 1843 as Prussian General Music Director, was also influential in opera in Berlin and throughout Germany.

Apart from around 50 songs, Meyerbeer wrote little except for the stage. The critical assaults of Wagner and his supporters, especially after Meyerbeer’s death, led to a decline in the popularity of his works; his operas were suppressed by the Nazi regime in Germany, and were neglected by opera houses through most of the twentieth century. In the 21st century, however, the composer's major French grand operas have started to reappear in the repertory of numerous European opera houses.

He died in Paris on 2 May 1864. Rossini, who, not having heard the news, came to his apartment the next day intending to meet him, was shocked and fainted. A special train bore Meyerbeer's body from to Berlin on 6 May, where he was buried in the family vault.

We are opening this show with his Coronation March from his 1849 opera Le Prophet.

It is also interesting looking back at the early September Contest, which is now the British Open and the early test pieces. There are several which are arrangements from Meyerbeer's operas.   The earliest one is Selections from L' Africaine in 1866, followed by Robert De Diable in 1868 and then Le prophet arranged by William Winterbottom in 1869, Dinorah arranged by Charles Godfrey for the 1873 contest. In 1887 Charles Godfrey also arranged the test piece L'Etoile du Nord

For the 1911, National Brass Band Championships Meyerbeer's work Les Huguenots was the test piece. This was his last work used at the two big contests of the time. 

 

Playlist  14 March 2021

Recording Details 

Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010  'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010
Coronation March Le Prophet - Giacomo Meyerbeer arr. Albert Henry Jakeway  Cambridge Heath Band of the SA BM: Raymond Jewkes - 1971  'Blind Beggar - Music You Can't Buy With The 'War Cry' - Vinyl - KRC SLP 1305 - 1971
Don Pasquale Overture - Donizetti arr. George Thompson  Grimethorpe Colliery Band MD: George Thompson - 1969  'Festival Brass Series Vol. 3' - Vinyl - Saga Records SAGA8147 - 1969
Meditation from Thais - Jules Massenet arr. Geoffrey Brand  Soprano Cornet Alan Wycherley with the Fairey Band  'Soprano Legends' - CD - 
Ride of the Valkyries - Richard Wagner arr. George Thompson Massed Bands WD&HO Wills Royal Albert Hall London - Grimethorpe, GUS (Footwear), Morris Concert & Yorkshire Imperial Metals MD: Harry Mortimer - 1971  'Man of Brass - The Best of Harry Mortimer OBE' - Vinyl - EMI Records DUO 130 2 Record Set - 1971
Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde - Richard Wagner arr: Philip Harper Cory Band MD: Philip Harper - 2019  'Summon the Heroes ' - CD - SP&S DOY CD390 - 2019
Nessun Dorma - Puccini arr. Simon Kerwin Soprano Cornet Soloist Brian Evans with the British Aerospace Wingates Band MD: Michael Beevers - 2004  'Dedications' - CD - Kirklees Music - KRCD 1046 - 2004 (Recorded on to vinyl in 1986 - W & R ‎– WRR88/01 )
Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio: Overture - Giuseppe Verdi arr. Howard Lorriman The Italian Brass Band (Italy) MD: Filippo Cangiamila - 2017  'Verdi’s Overture di Italian Brass Band' - CD - BAM Recording - 2017
Sorochinsky Fair - Gopak - Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky arr. Gordon Langford Black Dyke Mills MD: Major Peter Parkes - 1980  'Russian Festival' - Vinyl -  Chandos Recording - CHAN 4519 - 1992
Loretta's Theme from Gianni Schicchi arr. Alan Fernie Soprano Vocalist Iona Jones with the Buy as You View Cory Band MD: Dr. Robert Childs - 2005  'An Italian Night' - CD Obrasso Label  CD898 - 2004
The Joy of the Hunter from Der Frieschutz - Carl Maria Von Weber arr. Roy Newsome  Lewis Merthyr Band with the Tredegar Orpheus Male Voice Choir MD: Nigel Seaman - 1980  'The Voices and Brass of Wales' - Vinyl - Top BrassSeries TB3024 - 1980
Dance of the Tumblers - Rimsky Korsakov arr. Stanley Boddington  Salford University Band MD: David King - 1997  'Brass Showcase 1997' 
Overture to the Opera Rienzi - Richard Wagner arr. Howard Lorriman  Black Dyke Band MD: Dr. Nicholas Childs - 2005  'Regionals 2005' - CD - Doyen Recording - DOYCD181 - 2005
Softly Awakes My Heart - Saint Seans arr. Gordon Langford  Cornet Soloist Philip McCann with the Sellers Engineering Band MD: Roy Newsome - 1993   'The World's Most Beautiful Melodies  Vol 4 The Golden Cornet of Philip McCann - CD - Chandos CHAN 4521 - 1993
Suite from Lady Macbeth of the Mtensk District - Dmitri Shostakovich arr. Steven Verhaert Belgian Brass Ensemble - 2006  'Russian Heritage' - CD - Beriato Music CMS 003 - 2006
Polka from The Bartered Bride - Bedrich Smetana arr.  Denis Wright  Black Dyke Mills Band MD:  Sir Edward Heath  - 1977  'Morning Cloud' - Vinyl - Chandos Recording  CHAN4534 - 1977
Norma with Variations - Bellini arr. Jean Baptiste Arban Cornet Soloist Huug Steketee with piano accompaniment by Tobias Bosboom (The Netherlands) - 2018  'Promotional recording for the Dutch brass instrument manufacturer Adams' - 2018
La Traviata, Prelude to Act 1 - Verdi arr. Drake Rimmer The Virtuosi Brass Band of Great Britain MD: Eric  Ball - 2002  'The Virtuosi Brass Band Of Great Britain Vo l6' - CD - Kirklees Music KRCD 1025 - 2002
Polovtsian Dances - Alexander Borodin arr. Howard Snell CWS (Glasgow) Band MD: Howard Snell - 1990  'Flower of Scotland' - CD - Doyen Recording ‎– DOY CD005 - 1990
Mosè in Egitto (Moses and Pharaoh) Grand March - Gioachino Rossini arr. Ray Woodfield Black Dyke Band MD: Dr. Nicholas J. Childs - 2014  'Spectacular Classics, Vol. 5' - CD - Obrasso Recording CD906 - 2014
 'Carmen' - Prelude Act 1 - Bizet arr. Martyn Morris Concert Band MD: Harry Mortimer - 1970  'Harry Mortimer Conducts the Famous Moreris Concert Band' - Vinyl - EMI Music for Pleasure MFP 1387 - 1970
Procession to the Minster from the opera Lohengrin - Richard Wagner arr. Howard Snell Massed bands of Desford Colliery Dowty, Britannia Building Society, Brighouse and Rastrick MD: Howard Snell - Royal Albert Hall - 1987  'National Brass Band Championships and Festival Concert 1987' - Vinyl -  
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010​  'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010

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