In the final part of the series, Eleanor Alberga touches on the impact of colonialism and immigration on classical music and considers the history of black composers in the UK.
In the final part of this series Eleanor Alberga touches on the impact of colonialism and immigration on classical music and considers the history of black composers in the UK.
European imperialism afforded huge cultural influences on great swathes of the world, and as a result, western classical music was often enthusiastically adopted by different peoples as a means of expression to make their own. Black composers emerged from colonies in Africa, the Caribbean and beyond. As Eleanor says, “certainly, in the West Indies, I grew up with England being known affectionately as ‘the Mother Country’.”
This programme begins with music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, who was born in London, but whose father was from Sierra Leone. It foregrounds the music of composers such as Fela Sowande from Nigeria and Abu Bakr Khairat from Eygypt. From the area around the Caribbean we have music by Ludovic Lamothe and Oswald Russell, and also from a new generation of composers, living in the UK, but with roots in the Caribbean.
“But in a programme that is looking at colonialism and immigration, I cannot ignore composers from other non-white cultures that share similar experiences.” Eleanor also looks at the contribution made to the classical music life of this country by composers who just happen to have links to India, the Middle-East and Asia. The programme features the music of Shirley J Thompson, Errollyn Wallen, Hannah Kendall, Param Vir, Nitin Sawhney, Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour, Raymond Yiu, Daniel Kidane and by Eleanor herself.
THIS PROGRAMME DOES CONTAIN SOME HISTORICAL RACIST TERMINOLOGY
(photo credit: Ben Ealovega)
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Hiawatha's Wedding Feast - introduction and opening chorusChoir: Chorus of the Welsh National Opera. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera. Conductor: Kenneth Alwyn.
Clarinet Quintet (2nd movement - Larghetto)Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
African Suite for harp and strings (1st movement - "Joyful Day")Performer: Fela Sowande.
The Negro in Sacred Idiom: no.5 - ObangijiPerformer: Fela Sowande.
Abu Bakr Khairat
Symphony no 2 in G minor, "Folklorique Symphony": 1st movementOrchestra: Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Gika Zdravkovitch.
Album Leaf in F sharp minorPerformer: Charles P Phillips.
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Three Jamaican Dances - dance no.3Performer: William Chapman Nyaho.
A 21st Century Symphony 'New Nation Rising': 2 - "Location, Location, Location"Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Shirley Thompson.
Horseplay: 4. Dark and Mysterious - PrestoEnsemble: Ensemble X. Ensemble: The Continuum Ensemble. Conductor: Mike Henry.
Regina CaeliChoir: Choir of Merton College, Oxford. Conductor: Benjamin Nicholas.
Concerto for Sitar and Orchestra: 3rd movementPerformer: Terence Emery. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
White Light ChoralePerformer: Thalia Myers.
Music for the film "The Lodger": TitlesOrchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Stephen Hussey.
Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour
Concerto for Harp and Orchestra ("Persian Echoes"): 3rd movement (Allegro)Performer: Gabriella Dall'Olio. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Alexander Rahbari.
Panufnik Variations - Variation 8Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: François‐Xavier Roth.
WokeOrchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
String Quartet no 3: 4th movement (Allegro)Ensemble: Ensemble Arcadiana.
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