Robert Irving

Ballet conductor. Born 28 August 1913. Died 13 September 1991
Robert Irving
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1913-08-28
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Robert Irving

Robert Irving Biography (Wikipedia)

Robert Augustine Irving, DFC*, (28 August 1913 – 13 September 1991) was a British conductor whose reputation was mainly as a ballet conductor.

Born in Winchester, England, the son of mountaineer and author R. L. G. Irving, he was educated at Winchester College and New College, Oxford, graduating with a degree in music. He also studied with Malcolm Sargent and Constant Lambert at the Royal College of Music from 1934 to 1936.

During World War II, he served with the Royal Air Force, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and bar.

He then became assistant conductor with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and was conductor and musical director of Sadler's Wells Ballet from 1949 to 1958, working closely with Sir Frederick Ashton on several ballets. Having assisted Ashton in choosing music for his Picnic at Tintagel for New York City Ballet in 1952, Irving helped the choreographer to surmount musical problems in the last act of his Sylvia in September the same year, by interpolating passages from the same composer's La Source. In 1956, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Vic-Wells, now Royal Ballet, Irving arranged music by Alexander Glazunov for a "grand pas de quatorze" by Ashton, Birthday Offering.

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Amilcare Ponchielli
Dance of the Hours (La Giaconda)
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Dance of the Hours (La Giaconda)
Domenico Scarlatti
The Good-Humoured Ladies
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The Good-Humoured Ladies
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Valse-Scherzo in C major, Op 34
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Valse-Scherzo in C major, Op 34
Malcolm Arnold
Four Scottish Dances (No 4, Highland Fling)
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Four Scottish Dances (No 4, Highland Fling)
Domenico Scarlatti
Le donne di buon umore
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Le donne di buon umore
Felix Mendelssohn
The Bees' Wedding, Op 67 No 4
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The Bees' Wedding, Op 67 No 4
Malcolm Arnold
Strathspey (Four Scottish Dances, Op 59)
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Strathspey (Four Scottish Dances, Op 59)
Modest Mussorgsky
Gopak (Sorochintsy Fair)
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Gopak (Sorochintsy Fair)
William Walton
The Wise Virgins - Ballet Suite
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The Wise Virgins - Ballet Suite
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Valse-Scherzo, Op 34
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Valse-Scherzo, Op 34
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Fantasia on Russian Themes, Op 33
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Fantasia on Russian Themes, Op 33
Aram Khachaturian
Masquerade Suite (Waltz)
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Masquerade Suite (Waltz)
Alexander Glazunov
Meditation, Op 32
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Meditation, Op 32
Modest Mussorgsky
Gopak (Sorochintsky Fair)
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Gopak (Sorochintsky Fair)
Malcolm Arnold
Scottish Dances, Op. 59
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Scottish Dances, Op. 59
Malcolm Arnold
4 Scottish dances (Op.59), [complete]
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4 Scottish dances (Op.59), [complete]
Frédéric Chopin
Les Sylphides - ballet music, arr. Glazunov for orchestra from piano works
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Les Sylphides - ballet music, arr. Glazunov for orchestra from piano works
Frédéric Chopin
Grand Waltz Brillant in E flat op.18
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Grand Waltz Brillant in E flat op.18
William Walton
Ah! How ephemeral (The Wise Virgins)
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Ah! How ephemeral (The Wise Virgins)
Vincenzo Tommasini, Robert Irving & Concert Arts Orchestra
The Good-Humored Ladies
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The Good-Humored Ladies

The Good-Humored Ladies

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Vincenzo Tommasini
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Felix Mendelssohn
Song without Words, Op.67 No.4 "The Bees' Wedding"
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Song without Words, Op.67 No.4 "The Bees' Wedding"
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