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Richard Rodney Bennett

Publisher: Novello & Co

Reflections on a Scottish Folk Song (2004),
Commissioned on behalf of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales by the Peter Moores Foundation.
Work Notes
In memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Based on the folk song 'Ca the yowes'
Publisher
Novello & Co Ltd
Category
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Sub Category
String Orchestra
Year Composed
2004
Duration
27 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
Cello
Programme Note
Richard Rodney Bennett Reflections on a Scottish Folk Song (2004),
Reflections on a Scottish Folk Song was written in New York and London between February and October 2004, in response to a commission from the Peter Moores Foundation on behalf of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, in memory of his grandmother Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. The first performance was given at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London in March 2006 by Paul Watkins, with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by David Parry. In recognition of the Queen Mother's Scottish origins, the work is based on a Scottish folksong, 'Ca' the yowes to the knowes' (Call the ewes to the knolls) - a melody previously paraphrased by Tippett in his First Piano Sonata and Concerto for Double String Orchestra. The theme is presented at the start of the work, then as in Bennett's earlier set of 'Reflections' treated freely in a continuous sequence of self-contained musical paragraphs. An Arioso in a flowing 5/8 time, with an increasingly virtuosic solo part including two short cadenzas, is followed by a scherzo-like Vivo with a middle section in waltz time. Another cadenza winds down into an Interlude beginning with a quintet of violas, cellos and double-bass from within the orchestra, and continuing with all the orchestral strings muted beneath the un-muted and increasingly rhapsodic soloist. The next section begins Con brio, but its jaunty rhythms alternate with much smoother episodes, and a resonant orchestral passage ushers in the soloist's most substantial and most forceful cadenza. The final section is marked Alia sarabanda, that is in the slow triple-time dance rhythm of the sarabande; but the metre changes to 4/4 as the textures thin out for a valedictory statement of the melody in its simplest form.

© 2006 Anthony Burton



  • Ensemble
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    Jonathan Lemalu (baritone), Paul watkins (cello)
    Conductor
    Richard Hickox
    Chandos:
  • Ensemble
    Foden's Richardson Band
    Conductor
    Bramwell Tovey
    NMC:
Performances
Date
Title
  • 26 JUL 2007
    Castle Acre, Norfolk
    London Chamber Orchestra / Prince of Wales' Private Band
    Paul Watkins; Christopher Warren-Green, conductor
  • 10 MAR 2006
    Richard Rodney Bennett at 70
    De Montfort Hall, Leicester
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    Paul Watkins (cello); Christopher Austin, conductor
  • 09 MAR 2006
    Richard Rodney Bennett at 70
    Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    Paul Watkins (cello); David Parry, conductor

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