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Berners the Humourist

Donald Macleod concentrates on a Berners work for puppet theatre, an exuberant essay in Spanish colour and a trio of waltzes, which contain a passage described as 'impudent'.

Gerald Tyrwhitt-Wilson, the 14th Lord Berners, was a painter, novelist, writer of poetry and nonsense verse, and a composer of brilliant and whimsical music. He was famous for his wit and and outlandish behaviour. His eccentricities marked him out as a very English Englishman, but his music was a different matter entirely. Unlike many of his contemporaries on the British musical scene, he developed a distinctly European slant to his compositions, and came to be regarded as one of the truly original composers of the early 20th century.
Donald Macleod explores Berners's colourful life and music, starting with a work for puppet theatre, an exuberant essay in Spanish colour and a trio of waltzes which contain a passage Stravinsky described as "one of the most impudent in modern music".

1 hour

Music Played

  • Lord Berners

    Lieder album - 3 songs - no.1; Du bist wie eine Blume

    Singer: Felicity Lott. Performer: Peter Lawson.
    • ALBANY TROY : TROY-290.
    • ALBANY TROY.
    • 1.
  • Lord Berners

    L' Uomo dai Baffi for ensemble

    Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones. Orchestra: Orchestra of Opera North.
    • MARCO POLO : 855930-223711.
    • MARCO POLO.
    • 1.
  • Lord Berners

    Le Poisson d'or for piano

    Performer: Len Vorster.
    • MARCO POLO : 8.225-159.
    • MARCO POLO.
    • 5.
  • Lord Berners

    Valses bourgeoises for piano duet

    Performer: Peter Lawson. Performer: Alan Maclean.
    • ALBANY TROY : troy-142.
    • ALBANY TROY.
    • 1.
  • Lord Berners

    3 Pieces for orchestra

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Barry Wordsworth.
    • EMI : CDM-5 65098-2.
    • EMI.
    • 13.
  • Lord Berners

    Fantaisie espagnole vers. for orchestra

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Barry Wordsworth.
    • EMI : CDM-5 65098-2.
    • EMI.
    • 16.

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