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Vaughan Williams - The Stage Works

Synopsis
In the third episode of the radio series exploring the life and works of Vaughan Williams, presenter Donald Macleod explores the composer’s Shakespeare opera - Sir John in Love, and his Elizabethan and Tudor themed songs, O Mistress Mine, Six Studies in English Folk Song, The Tunning of Elinor Rumming. According to BBC Programme information, the programme discusses whether "the composer may have lacked a commercial edge, given that his private wealth meant he could ‘indulge his fancy’ in writing operas without having to worry if they did badly at the box office? While Sir John in Love had been germinating in his mind since his stint at the RSC as a musical director in 1913, his Five Tudor Portraits were suggested to him by Elgar, who recommended Skelton’s verse to him as ‘pure jazz’."
Series
Composer of the Week
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
23 Nov 2010 at 12:00 (Channel: BBC Radio 3)
Duration
60 mins

Credits

Music
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Contributor
Donald Macleod
Cast
Raimund HenrincxSir John Falstaff
Felicity PalmerMistress Margaret Page
Elizabeth BainbridgeMistress Alice Ford
Wendy EathorneAnne Page

Additional Details

Production type
Operas and Musicals
Plays
Merry Wives of Windsor, The
Subjects
Drama; Music
Keywords
opera; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Verdi, Giuseppe (1813-1901); musical adaptations; Falstaff

Notes

History
Episode 3 of 5.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

British Library Sound Archive

Email
listening@bl.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7412 7676
Fax
020 7412 7441
Address
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB

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