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Petite suite de concert, Op 77
composer
1910

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'British Light Music Classics' (CDS44261/4)
British Light Music Classics
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'British Light Music Classics, Vol. 4' (CDA67400)
British Light Music Classics, Vol. 4
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Movement 1: La caprice de Nanette
Track 17 on CDA67400 [4'00] Archive Service; also available on CDS44261/4
Track 17 on CDS44261/4 CD4 [4'00] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 2: Demande et réponse
Track 18 on CDA67400 [4'56] Archive Service; also available on CDS44261/4
Track 18 on CDS44261/4 CD4 [4'56] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 3: Un sonnet d'amour
Track 19 on CDA67400 [4'01] Archive Service; also available on CDS44261/4
Track 19 on CDS44261/4 CD4 [4'01] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 4: La tarantelle frétillante
Track 20 on CDA67400 [2'23] Archive Service; also available on CDS44261/4
Track 20 on CDS44261/4 CD4 [2'23] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Petite suite de concert, Op 77
Just six days younger than Ketèlbey, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875–1912) was born in Holborn, London, the son of a doctor from Sierra Leone and an Englishwoman. He studied violin and piano at The Royal College of Music and was recognized as a composer of great promise after his Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast was premiered at the college in 1898. He went on to complete a Hiawatha trilogy, as well as much other vocal, chamber and orchestral music, including a violin concerto. Besides more ambitious works, he composed lighter compositions, of which the most enduring was the Petite Suite de Concert (1910), a work that set a standard for many subsequent four-movement suites. It begins with the coquettish ‘La caprice de Nanette’ and continues with its most familiar movement, ‘Demande et réponse’, a work of Elgarian grace whose ongoing popularity led to its arrangement as a song ‘Question and Answer’. The third movement, ‘Un sonnet d’amour’ (‘A Love Sonnet’) is a lyrical serenade, while the final ‘Tarantelle frétillante’ (‘Frisky Tarantella’) provides a suitably lively conclusion.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 2002

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