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An Interest in Brass

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Friday 19 April 2013

This week Donald Macleod is joined by composer Joseph Horovitz, who not only talks about his own career, but also that of his one-time teacher Gordon Jacob; both have had a significant impact upon students at the Royal College of Music, and both have been prolific in writing concertos, and music for wind and brass.

In the last decade or so of his life, Gordon Jacob was affected by failing eyesight and hearing. He once jokingly remarked that "it doesn't interfere with the enjoyment or production of music. After all, Beethoven was a great deal deafer than me, and wrote nearly as good music!" Jacob kept on working hard, and in the space of five years, composed 55 new works, such as his "Sonatina for Treble Recorder and Harpsichord", and his "Mini Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra".

During this final few decades in Gordon Jacob's life, composer Joseph Horovitz kept in contact. It was a period for Horovitz which saw the creation of one of his most enduring works, which also won him an Ivor Novello Award, his cantata "Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo". But like his one-time teacher Gordon Jacob, Horovitz has always relished writing music for a specific instrument or soloist in mind, such as his "Oboe Concerto", or his brass band 'test' piece "Ballet for Band".

Music Played

12 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Joseph Horovitz
    00:02

    Joseph Horovitz "The Lord Looked Down on Earth" from Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo

    Performer: The Kings Singers

    Vocalion: CDLF8120, 2

  • Image for Gordon Jacob
    00:06

    Gordon Jacob Passacaglia Stereophonica

    Performer: BBC Concert Orchestra Conductor: Stephen Bell

    Duttpm Epoch: CDLX7258, 17

  • Image for Gordon Jacob
    00:12

    Gordon Jacob Sonatina for treble recorder and harpsichord

    Performer: Annabel Knight (recorder) Performer: Robin Bigwood (harpsichord)

    Naxos: 8572346

  • Image for Joseph Horovitz
    00:24

    Joseph Horovitz Lento for Oboe Concerto

    Performer: Royal Ballet Sinfonia Performer: Nicholas Daniel (Oboe) Conductor: Joseph Horovitz

    ASV:CDWHL2114, 5

  • Image for Joseph Horovitz
    00:35

    Joseph Horovitz Ballet for Band

    Performer: The CWS (Glasgow) Band Conductor: Joseph Horovitz

    Polyphonic: DPRL901D, 1

  • Image for Gordon Jacob
    00:48

    Gordon Jacob Mini Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra

    Performer: Northwest Chamber Orchestra of Seattle Performer: Thea King (Clarinet) Conductor: Alun Francis

    Helios: CDH55069

  • Image for Joseph Horovitz
    00:01

    Joseph Horovitz "The Lord Looked Down on Earth" from Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo

    Performer: The Kings Singers

    Vocalion: CDLF8120, 2

  • Image for Gordon Jacob
    00:05

    Gordon Jacob Passacaglia Stereophonica

    Performer: BBC Concert Orchestra Conductor: Stephen Bell

    Duttpm Epoch: CDLX7258, 17

  • Image for Gordon Jacob
    00:11

    Gordon Jacob Sonatina for treble recorder and harpsichord

    Performer: Annabel Knight (recorder) Performer: Robin Bigwood (harpsichord)

    Naxos: 8572346

  • Image for Joseph Horovitz
    00:23

    Joseph Horovitz Lento for Oboe Concerto

    Performer: Royal Ballet Sinfonia Performer: Nicholas Daniel (Oboe) Conductor: Joseph Horovitz

    ASV:CDWHL2114, 5

  • Image for Joseph Horovitz
    00:34

    Joseph Horovitz Ballet for Band

    Performer: The CWS (Glasgow) Band Conductor: Joseph Horovitz

    Polyphonic: DPRL901D, 1

  • Image for Gordon Jacob
    00:47

    Gordon Jacob Mini Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra

    Performer: Northwest Chamber Orchestra of Seattle Performer: Thea King (Clarinet) Conductor: Alun Francis

    Helios: CDH55069

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