Music Appreciation (Friday) – May meeting

The theme for our May meeting was ‘Something Borrowed’, with music from composers who based their compositions on works by other composers.  Starting with Britten’s ‘The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra’ based on a theme by Henry Purcell, we continued with Bach’s ‘Toccata and Fugue’ played on the organ coupled with a symphonic transcription of the work arranged by Leopold Stokowski, the long time conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra.  This was followed by a ‘Fantasie Brilliant’,  based on Bizet’s music for the opera Carmen, by Francois Borne and arranged for flute and orchestra by Giancarlo Chiaramello.  To conclude the morning we listened to Brahms ‘Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn’ and Rachmaninov’s ‘Rhapsody On a Theme of Paganini’.  Our June meeting will be on the 30th, at 10am as usual, and we have a vacancy in the group so do please contact me if you are interested.  Geoffrey Moth.