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An Entertainment – A British Curiosity

An Entertainment – A British Curiosity

An Entertainment – A British Curiosity

In the early 1920s a fresh-faced young composer joined forces with an eccentric upper-class poetess to produce a work which went on to become a stalwart of the British musical repertoire: Façade, a setting by William Walton of poems (recited, not sung) by Edith Sitwell. The texts are exotic, witty, and sometimes frustratingly obscure, but they always appeal to the ear and the imagination.

The music runs the whole gamut of styles from classical to dance-hall, and includes a hornpipe, tarantella, foxtrot and march, as well as some melancholy, quasi-blues numbers. Someone once described Sitwell as ‘the original rapper’, which may go too far, but given the combination of rhyme-inspired lyrics and often driving rhythms there is some truth in this. Walton went on to become a leading British composer, probably best-known for his Crown Imperial march.

This curious and fascinating work, subtitled ‘An Entertainment’ and written for reciter and 6 instruments, can be heard on:

September 28 in the Rode Zaal, Hogeschool Helicon, Den Haag, at 15.00

October 11 in the Synagogue in Delft at 20.15

October 19 in De Toonzaal in Den Bosch at 16.30 (Cocktail Concert!)

performed by the Ebony Ensemble and their conductor Michel Havenith, with Robert Coupe (former member of the Nederlands Kamerkoor, but British to the core!) doing the reciting.

Tickets can be ordered (and a flyer with more details viewed) via the Ebony Ensemble’s website:

http://ebony-ensemble.nl/agenda

Hope to see you there!

The next concerts of the Ebony Ensemble

 

Concerts in 2014:

Sunday, September 28, 2014, The Hague
Location: Red hall, Helicon University
Address: Riouwstraat 1, The Hague
Time: 15:00.
Programme: William Walton – ‘Façade, an Entertainment’
Details: concert house.
Tickets: click here .

Saturday, October 11, 2014, Delft
Location: Synagogue
Address: Koornmarkt 12, Delft
Start: 20:15 am
Program: William Walton – ‘Façade, an Entertainment’
Details: concert house.
Tickets: click here .

Sunday, October 19, 2014, Den Bosch
Location: The Showroom, Den Bosch | www.detoonzaal.nl
Address: Prins Bernhardstraat 4-6, 5211 HE, ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Time: 16:30 am
Program: William Walton – ‘Façade, an entertainment
Tickets: click here .