Programme Notes for Orchestral Concerts by Basil Ramsey

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List of programme notes by Basil Ramsey

Albinoni: Adagio for organ and strings
Albinoni: Oboe Concerto in D minor
Arnold: Four Scottish Dances Op.59
Arnold: Variations on a theme of Ruth Gipps op. 122

Bach: Brandenburg concerto no. 5 in D
Bach: Concerto in D minor for two violins and strings
Bach: Concerto in D minor for violin, oboe and strings
Bach: Suite no. 1 in C
Barber: Adagio for strings
Bartok: Six Romanian Folk Dances
Beethoven: Coriolan overture
Beethoven: Egmont overture
Beethoven: Fidelio overture
Beethoven: Piano concerto no. 1 in C op. 15
Beethoven: Piano concerto no. 3 in C minor
Beethoven: Prometheus Overture
Beethoven: Symphony no. 1 in C, op. 21
Beethoven: Symphony no. 2 in D
Beethoven: Symphony no. 3 in E flat "Eroica"
Beethoven: Symphony no. 6 in F "Pastoral"
Beethoven: Symphony no. 7 in A, op. 92
Beethoven: Symphony no. 8 in F
Beethoven: Triple concerto for violin and cello and piano
Bennett, Richard Rodney: Sinfonietta
Berkeley, Lennox: Divertimento in B flat, Op. 18
Bizet: Le Docteur Miracle overture
Bizet: Symphony in C
Blyton, Carey: Lyrics from the Chinese
Boccherini: Cello concerto in B flat
Borodin: Symphony no. 2 in B minor
Bourgeois, Derek: Dance Variations
Boyce: Symphony no. 5 in D
Brahms: Double concerto in A minor
Brahms: Hungarian Dances (general note)
Brahms: Hungarian Dance no. 1 in G minor
Brahms: Hungarian Dance no. 3 in F
Brahms: Hungarian Dance no. 10 in E
Brahms: Variations on the St. Antoni Chorale
Britten: Simple Symphony
Butterworth, George: The Banks of Green Willow

Chopin: Piano concerto no. 2 in F minor, op. 21
Cimarosa, Domenico: The Secret Marriage overture
Copland: Appalachian Spring suite
Copland: Quiet City
Cundick, Robert: Organ concerto

Debussy: Danse sacrée et danse profane
Delius: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
Delius: A Song before Sunrise
Delius: Summer Night on the River
Dittersdorf: Harp concerto
Dodgson, Stephen: Villanelle
Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B minor
Dvorak: Czech Suite
Dvorak: Serenade in E major op. 22
Dvorak: Symphony no. 8 in G major op.88
Dvorak: Wind Serenade in D minor op.44

Elgar: Cello concerto in E minor
Elgar: Introduction and Allegro
Elgar: Serenade for Strings
Elgar: The Wand of Youth suites

Falla: Ritual Fire Dance
Fauré: Masques et Bergamasques suite op.112
Fauré: Pavane
Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande suite
Finzi: Clarinet concerto
Finzi: Dies Natalis for tenor and strings
Franck: Symphonic Variations for piano & orchestra

Glazunov: Le Chant du Ménestrel
Glinka: Russlan and Ludmilla overture
Gluck: Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Orfeo)
Gluck: Iphigenia in Aulis overture
Gounod: Symphony no. 2 in E flat
Grieg: Piano concerto

Handel: Concerto Grosso in B flat, op. 3 no. 2
Handel: Water Music suite
Haydn: Amaryllis suite
Haydn: Sinfonia Concertante in B flat op.84 for oboe, bassoon, violin, cello and orchestra
Haydn: Symphony no. 99 in E flat
Haydn: Symphony no. 100 in G "Military"
Haydn: Symphony no. 101 in D "The Clock"
Hedges, Anthony: Variations on a theme of Rameau
Hindemith: Tuttifäntchen
Hoffmeister, Franz: Viola concerto
Hold, Trevor: The Lilford Owl - a suite for string orchestra
Holst: Fugal concerto
Holst: Lyric Movement for viola and small orchestra
Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel overture

Janacek: Rhapsody - Taras Bulba
Josephs, Wilfred: High Spirits overture

Kodaly: Dances from Galanta
Kodaly: Marosszek Dances
Kodaly: Summer Evening

Lalo: Two Aubades for small orchestra
Larsson, Lars-Erik: Pastoral Suite
Lehar: Merry Widow - Vilia
Liadov: Eight Russian Folk Songs for orchestra

Martinu: Oboe concerto
Mendelssohn: Hebrides overture (Fingal's Cave)
Mendelssohn: Violin concerto in E minor
Mendelssohn: Son and Stranger overture
Mendelssohn: Symphony no. 1 in C minor
Mendelssohn: Symphony no. 3 in A minor "Scottish"
Mendelssohn: Symphony no. 4 in A "Italian"
Moeran: Sinfonietta
Milhaud: Le Boeuf sur le Toit
Mozart, Leopold: Toy Symphony
Mozart: Andante for flute and orchestra
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto
Mozart: Concerto for Flute, Harp and orchestra in C, K299
Mozart: Cosi fan tutte overture
Mozart: Don Giovanni K527 - overture
Mozart: Flute concerto no. 1 in G, K313
Mozart: Flute concerto in C minor, K491
Mozart: Idomeneo ballet music
Mozart: Piano Concerto no. 22 in E flat K482
Mozart: Piano concerto in C minor K491
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E flat, K297b
Mozart: Symphony no. 31 in D "Paris"
Mozart: Symphony no. 32 in G "Overture in the Italian Style", K318
Mozart: Symphony no. 35 in D "Haffner", K385
Mozart: Symphony no. 40 in G minor
Mozart: Symphony no. 41 in C "Jupiter"
Mozart: Violin concerto no. 3 in G, K216

Nicolai: The Merry Wives of Windsor overture
Nielsen: Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra op.57

Pärt: Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten
Poulenc: Sinfonietta
Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes, op.34
Prokofiev: Sinfonietta Op. 5/48
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto in D
Puccini: Gianni Schicchi - "O Mio Babbino Caro"

Rachmaninov: Piano concerto no.2 in C minor op.18
Rachmaninov: Symphony no.2 in E minor
Ravel: Pavane pour une Infante Défunte
Rawsthorne: Divertimento for chamber orchestra
Ridout, Alan: Concerto for Flute, Harp and Strings
Rietz, Julian: Clarinet concerto
Rimsky-Korsakov: Cappricio espagnol
Rossini: Barber of Seville overture
Rossini: La Cenerentola overture
Rossini: Il Turko in Italia overture
Rossini: Silken Ladder overture
Rossini: Tancredi overture

Saint-Saëns: Cello concerto no.1
Saint-Saëns: Cello concerto no.2 in A minor
Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony no.2, op.38
Schubert: Symphony no. 3 in D, D200
Schubert: Symphony no. 4 in C minor "Tragic"
Schubert: Symphony no. 8 in B minor "Unfinished"
Schumann: Cello concerto Op. 129
Schumann: Piano concerto in A minor
Sibelius: Finlandia
Sibelius: Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 46
Sibelius: Symphony no. 6 in D minor Op.104
Sibelius: Valse Triste op. 44
Strauss, J II: Die Fledermaus - overture and czardas
Strauss, J II: Tales from the Vienna Woods waltz
Strauss, J II.: Thunder and Lightning Polka
Strauss, R.: Concerto for oboe and small orchestra
Strauss, R.: Horn Concerto no.2 in E flat
Strauss, R.: Suite "Der Rosenkavalier"
Strauss, R.: Suite in B flat for 13 wind instruments Op. 4
Stravinsky: Pulcinella ballet suite
Sullivan: Iolanthe overture

Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker ballet
Tchaikovsky: Suite no. 1 in D Op.43
Tchaikovsky: Suite no. 4 "Mozartiana"
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake suite
Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 6 in B minor "Pathétique"
Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D
Tippett: Sellinger's Round - divertimento

Vaughan Williams: Concerto for Oboe and Strings
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending for solo violin and orchestra
Vaughan Williams: The Wasps - overture

Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Walton: Henry V (Passacaglia and "Touch her soft lips and part")
Walton: Siesta
Weber: Bassoon concerto
Weber: Clarinet concerto no. 2 in E flat Op. 74
Weber: Concertino for Clarinet and orchestra
Weber: Euryanthe overture
Weber: Preciosa overture

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The programme notes listed here were originally written for a student orchestra with an audience of relatives and friends. Over a period of 20 years nearly 200 works covering a wide expanse of the orchestral repertoire have been covered.

These notes are on offer at a low cost for non-professional orchestras who may experience difficulty in obtaining programme notes. Please enquire of Basil Ramsey. An example programme note is shown below.

Symphony No 101 in D 'The Clock'
Adagio - Presto/Andante/Menuet e Trio

The trouble with a popular Haydn symphony is that of familiarity breeding contentment - a condition of aural paralysis which suspends audience participation. The 'Clock' symphony is particularly vulnerable for it sounds an innocent and happy-go-lucky piece, with a musical clock ticking away the slow movement and a sleepy village band bumbling through the Trio of the third movement. For all that, Haydn's monumental skill has shaped every bar and packed enough invention for twenty average symphonies.

The introduction is as though the orchestra rises thoughtfully from sleep, hinting at the excitement to come. A quicksilver Presto is always purposeful: a tune stated, developed, examined, and reinstated, all with sleight-of-hand ease. The Andante's tick-tock from bassoons and pizzicato lower strings is a fascinating device in itself. Taken in harness with the freely-decorated tune from violins, its steady pulse acts as an anchor. The music twice swells up from this kind of texture for new adventures. The second time round, Haydn re-scores the clock so that a flute takes the higher notes - an amazingly simple touch of genius.

Although by contrast the succeeding Minuet sounds 'measured', every element is balanced to induce flow and textural variety. The central Trio introduces 'the band'. Haydn's finale hinges on the opening three notes - F sharp, G, A. Although only part of a tune, this rising sequence underlies both thematic and rhythmic development throughout. It is the nerve centre. The movement is complex from the analyst's point of view, and gloriously exhilarating for the listener.

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