Balfour Gardiner : Evening Hymn Anthem (Arranged for Brass Quintet)
Product Code : Gardiner_01
Gardiner who was born in London in 1877 was a British musician, composer, and teacher. During his education, he was a piano student at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt am Main, where he was taught by Iwan Knorr and Lazzaro Uzielli, who had been a pupil of Clara Schumann. He belonged to the Frankfurt Group, a circle of composers who studied at the Hoch Conservatory in the late 1890s. He collected folk songs in Hampshire taught music briefly at Winchester College (1907), and composed. His works included compositions in a variety of genres, including two symphonies, but many of his scores are lost and only a very limited amount of his music survives. His best-known work is the Evening Hymn (1908), which we have chosen to arrange. It is considered a classic of the English choral repertoire and is still regularly performed as an anthem at Evensong in Anglican churches. The fame of this work has overshadowed his surviving orchestral works, which include Overture to a Comedy and the Delius-like A Berkshire Idyll. His most important work, possibly, was his promotion of the music of contemporary British and colonial composers, particularly through a series of concerts, personally financed by Gardiner, at Queen's Hall London in 1912 to 1913. The composers represented included Arnold Bax, Frederic Austin, Gustav Holst, Percy Grainger, Roger Quilter, Cyril Scott and Norman O'Neill. (The last four had also studied with him at Frankfurt.) He was very generous with his personal fortune, paying for a private benefit performance of The Planets for Holst in 1918 and purchasing Frederick Delius's house at Grez-sur-Loing to enable him to continue living in it at the end of his life. In the early 1920s he also became a patron of Charles Kennedy Scott, conductor and founder of the Philharmonic Choir which was the predecessor of the present London Philharmonic Choir. He gave up composing in 1925 largely because he was intensely self-critical: much of his lost music was probably destroyed by him. Thereafter, he devoted himself to a pioneering afforestation programme on his Dorset pig farm. He was the great-uncle of the conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner. The Evening hymn is a setting of the compline hymn "Te lucis ante terminum", it is a lush, romantic work for eight-part choir and organ, of dense harmonies. For most of the time, it sits in four parts, though the treble, alto, tenor, and bass parts all subdivide at various points and we think that this is ideally suited for performance by a brass ensemble.
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Evening Hymn Anthem (Arranged for Brass Quintet)
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