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The Banks of Green Willow 'Idyll'


Butterworth’s last completed work was a third folk song idyll, The Banks of Green Willow. He collected two versions of the tune in Sussex. We hear it first on clarinet. A maestoso section is followed by Green Bushes on solo oboe. Again, the delicacy and clarity of the scoring are outstanding. The first performance was on 27 February 1914 at West Kirby, Cheshire, conducted by Adrian Boult, his first concert with a professional orchestra. The first London performance on 20 March 1914 was the last time Butterworth heard his own music.

from notes by Michael Kennedy © 2003

La dernière œuvre que Butterworth acheva fut une troisième idylle d’après une mélodie populaire, The Banks of Green Willow. Il recueillit deux versions de cette chanson dans le Sussex. Nous l’entendons d’abord à la clarinette. Une section maestoso est suivie de Green Bushes au hautbois seul. Ici encore, la délicatesse et la clarté de l’orchestration sont exceptionnelles. Cet ouvrage fut créé le 27 février 1914 à West Kirby, dans le Cheshire, sous la direction d’Adrian Boult, son premier concert avec un orchestre professionnel. La création londonienne du 20 mars 1914 fut la dernière occasion où Butterworth entendit jouer sa propre musique.

extrait des notes rédigées par Michael Kennedy © 2003
Français: David Ylla-Somers

Butterworths letztes vollendetes Werk war ein drittes Volkslied-Idyll, The Banks of Green Willow. Er hatte in Sussex zwei Versionen der Weise gesammelt. Wir hören die Melodie zuerst auf der Klarinette. Einem maestoso bezeichneten Abschnitt folgt Green Bushes auf der Solo-Oboe. Auch hier ist die Feinfühligkeit und Klarheit des Orchestersatzes von besonderer Güte.

aus dem Begleittext von Michael Kennedy © 2003
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller


Delius & Butterworth: English Rhapsody
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Track-specific metadata for CDHLL7503 track 4

Recording date
12 October 2002
Recording venue
BBC New Broadcasting House, Manchester, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Phil Rowlands
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  1. Delius & Butterworth: English Rhapsody (CDHLL7503)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: October 2003
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