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Dawn at Neubrandenburg (c1835) by Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840)
Kunsthalle, Hamburg / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67939
Recording details: August 2011
Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerland
Produced by Ben Connellan
Engineered by Michael Rast
Release date: March 2012
Total duration: 5 minutes 22 seconds

'Performed with commitment and style by instrumentalists well versed in Spohr's musical particulars under Howard Shelley's glint-in-the-eye direction … there is a charm and genuineness that is readily apparent and which is welcome. The recording is first class' (International Record Review)

'The performances are first rate, and the solo horn playing is glorious' (The Guardian)

Festmarsch in D major, WoO3
composer
1825; Tempo di marzia – Trio; composed for the marriage of Princess Marie of Kassel to Duke Bernhard of Saxe-Meiningen on 23 March 1825

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Spohr’s memoirs go into some detail about the genesis of the Festmarsch in D major, WoO3. It was written along with the opera Der Berggeist for the marriage of the Kassel electoral prince’s daughter, Princess Marie, to Duke Bernhard of Saxe-Meiningen on 23 March 1825. Spohr says that the march was played as the newly married couple and the wedding guests moved in procession from the banqueting hall to the White Saloon, to be immediately encored. Spohr was required to incorporate an old German dance tune, the Großvatertanz (‘Grandfather’s Dance’), that was particularly associated with marriage—this tune was also used by Schumann in his piano pieces Papillons and Carnaval. Spohr, even in such a slight piece composed for a one-off occasion, does not allow his standards to drop. After a rousing opening on full orchestra the strings continue the march rhythm, but the woodwind introduce the ‘Grandfather’ tune in 6/4 time and, when this later reappears reinforced with trumpets and drums, they add a cheeky little four-bar pendant.

from notes by Keith Warsop © 2012
Chairman, Spohr Society of Great Britain

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