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Sat, 25 Mar


Festival Hall, Petersfield

Petersfield Musical Festival

By 1910, when Stanford wrote the Songs of the Fleet, he was the grand old man of British music. As we might expect from the period, the fast movements have their share of cheery Edwardian gung-ho, whilst the slow movements have a haunting and timeless beauty.

Petersfield Musical Festival
Petersfield Musical Festival

Time & Location

25 Mar 2023, 19:30

Festival Hall, Petersfield, Festival Hall, Heath Rd, Petersfield GU31 4DZ, UK

About the Event

Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, by contrast, was the 22-year-old composer’s graduation exercise. As such, it shows his mastery of harmony and counterpoint, with a massive fugue concluding the Gloria. However, inspired by a performance of Verdi’s Aïda, he had already decided to compose operas, and it is easy to imagine the soloists and chorus as operatic characters, with their sweeping melodies, emotional gestures and dramatic orchestral accompaniment.

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