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Vaughan Williams on Music$
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David Manning

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.001.0001

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First Performances

First Performances

(p.89) Chapter 18 First Performances
Vaughan Williams on Music

David Manning

Oxford University Press

One hears much of the noble work that Henry Wood did for young British composers; the list of “first performances” at the “Promenade Concerts” by British composers, usually young and unknown, occupies several pages. Henry went out into the highways and hedges and invited all and sundry to the banquet, in the hopes that occasionally a guest would appear wearing the wedding garment—then the Woodian policy was justified. A scheme that was responsible for the first appearance of such works as Edward Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance marches, Arnold Bax's In the Faery Hills, Roger Quilter's Children's Overture, and, in England, of Balfour Gardiner's Shepherd Fennel's Dance would justify itself even if all the other novelties had been still-born. A publisher who had to show a balance sheet would be quite satisfied if he had as many good sellers on his catalogue as appear in the list of “Prom Premières.”

Keywords:   Henry Wood, first performances, Promenade Concerts, Woodian policy, Edward Elgar, Pomp and Circumstance, Arnold Bax, Faery Hills, Roger Quilter, Prom Premières

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