Hagley String Orchestra


We’ve now enjoyed five Tuesday morning rehearsals during this Summer Term during which we’ve been able to play through each piece at least once. Some are fairly straight-forward technically whereas others are a challenge.

One of the latter is Anton Arensky’s Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky. The Russian composer Arensky is less well known. He was born in 1861 into an affluent family, his mother played the piano and his father the cello and he was composing at the age of 9. The family moved to St Petersburg where he studied composition with Rimsky-Korsakov.  He had a most distinguished career as a teacher, his pupils including Rachmaninov, Scriabin and Glière.  Although he died a bachelor in his mid-forties, he had composed three operas, a ballet, two symphonies, several concertos, and many other pieces. When he was a Professor at the Moscow Conservatory, he became friends with Tchaikovsky and he acknowledged the major influence of Tchaikovsky’s music. He wrote these Variations in 1894 when he was 33, the theme based on Tchaikovsky’s Songs for Children.  Many of us know it as the carol ‘When Jesus Christ was yet a child, He had a garden small and wild’.

How about joining us for our next six rehearsals? For more information, please contact Haydn Thomas 885252; or email me...

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