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Rutland Boughton (1878-1960)
Goodmusic Concert Originals Series GMCO101
First Publication

Catalogue Number: GMCO101

Difficulty level: F What's this?

ISMN: 9790222287266

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Love and Spring Op.23  Pack image
Piccolo, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, Cor Anglais, 2 Clarinets in Bb/A, 2 Bassoons
4 Horns in F, 3 Trumpets in Bb, 3 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani
Percussion (3 players: Triangle, Cymbals, Bass Drum, Glockenspiel),
Harp (or 2 or 3)
Strings (Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, Bass)

Love and Spring was composed in April and May 1906 and first performed later that year. It was included in a Henry Wood Promenade Concert in 1914. The score is prefaced by an extract from The Song of Solomon:
"Rise up my love, my fair one, and come away.
For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the earth, and the time of the singing of birds is come."
A recording of Love and Spring played by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Martin Yates is available on Dutton Epoch CDLX7262.
The audio sample is computer-generated from the score - the CD sounds much better!
Duration 13½ minutes

Rutland Boughton is best known for his choral drama The Immortal Hour (which includes the popular Faery Song) and for establishing and directing the original Glastonbury Festivals from 1914 until 1926. He composed in almost every musical genre including opera, symphony, concerti, chamber and choral music and song. His communist political leaning resulted in him sympathising with the General Strike and the miners lockout of 1926; he staged his very popular Nativity opera "Bethlehem" in Westminster, London, with Jesus born in a miner's cottage and Herod as a top-hatted capitalist, flanked by soldiers and police. The event caused much embarrassment to the people of Glastonbury who withdrew their support from Boughton causing the Festival to cease. From 1927 until his death in 1960, Boughton lived at Kilcot, near Newent in Gloucestershire where he completed the last two operas of his Arthurian cycle (Avalon and Galahad) and produced some of his finest works, the quality of which has only been realised within the past 20 years.

A PACK comprises one A4 full score, all wind brass and percussion parts and string parts 4/4/3/4/2. An A3 sized score is available separately.

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