A London Symphony

Readers here know me as a lover of American music of all sorts. And early music, too. Music from about 1750 to about 1900 interests me little. There’s just a lot of it and orchestras seem to play it all the time.

I’ve long enjoyed the orchestral music of Ralph Vaughan-Williams. This link I recently discovered will send you to a London Philharmonic recording, plus a visual meditation on the city of London.

I really enjoyed the music most of all. I’m somewhat familiar with some of RVW’s choral music, having sung a few bits here and there over the years. His shorter orchestral works are favorites. His Sinfonia antartica has been a favorite of his larger works. Though this early work I found really enjoyable.

Why London and why now? I do like musical works that suggest something. Tone poems have a focus, a starting point for my imagination as I listen to them. Maybe its the exposure to English football, or some tug at my family’s deep roots in the UK, going back four-plus generations. Who knows? Enjoy the full forty-five minutes of listening.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to A London Symphony

  1. FrMichael says:

    I was in that very spot less than a year ago. Good memories!

  2. Copernicus says:

    The yellow taxi spoils the picture!

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