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MUSIC DEPARTMENT

VE Day 1995

Prague

(first performance)
of
Rutherlyn's

The Churchill Music Prague - The Czech and British Flags and WSC 
Coat of Arms

Orchestration

Derek Barnes

Subtitled

A LEGEND IN MUSIC

of

THE LIFE AND TIMES

of

War Time Poster of Churchill

SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL

Born 30th November 1874 . . . . . Died 24th January 1965.

Rutherlyn's Orchestral Score Score of THE CHURCHILL MUSIC

You have been so faithful and so loving to us,
you have fought so stoutly for us,
you have been so hearty in counselling of us
that we shall never forget your favour towards us"

HOUSE OF COMMONS
November 30th 1954

The Presentation Edition of Orchestral Score

of

THE CHURCHILL MUSIC
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Lady Churchill's letter

Lady Churchill's Letter

THE CHURCHILL MUSIC

was a gift from the composer to both

Lady Churchill

and

THE WINSTON CHURCHILL MEMORIAL TRUST.

25 years ago.

The only covenant upon it was that no part of the music could be used for commercial or 'theme' music.

At the composer's suggestion she placed the orchestral score into the care of the Trust, where it lay unknown for 19 years.

The composer also presented Churchill College Cambridge with an identically bound edition in 1974.

In 1994 the composer took the gift and copyrights back and presented Lady Churchill's leather and gilt bound orchestral score, complete with the copyright in perpetuity, to

THE CHURCHILL SOCIETY
London.

It was the Cambridge College edition which the composer took back after 19 years of neglect and which he sent to the Prague Conservatoire of Music in 1993. The quality of the work was immediatley recognised and led to the work's first performance by the Czech National Orchestra in conjunction with Radio Prague and Cszeke TV on VE Day 1995 in Prague.

The composer believes that the Trust and the Society should merge. . . . and will do so . . . in years to come.

THE HISTORY OF THE CHURCHILL MUSIC

(November 2004)

THE CHURCHILL MUSIC

has been performed three times in Europe to date
and excerpts have been performed in Canada and the USA
but not a single note of it has been performed in the United Kingdom.

The Czech National Symphony Orchestra

The Czech National Symphony Orchestra

Vladimir Valek

Conducted by Vladimir Valek

In

S Nicholaus Prague

St Nicholaus Prague

RUTHERLYN AND VALEK

Synopsis
of

THE CHURCHILL MUSIC

Movements marked Green indicate they are not available as Audio Excerpts on the society's web Page but of course they are included on the double CDs and Tape Cassettes.

 

The composer's design for the first performance.

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1. CRADLE DAYS.    . . . subtitled "A tribute to Mrs Everest". 

A musical portrayal of Blenheim Palace, where Churchill was born, and of an awakening child taken into the care of his nanny, Mrs Everest, to whom Churchill remained devoted all her life. The music ends with a lullaby and the child falling asleep. (A 6 minute movement.).

2. NURSERY DAYS.   . . . at Little Lodge Dublin.  (January 1877 - February 1880)

A portrayal in music of the boy Churchill, playing with his toy soldiers and dreaming of the day when he would be a great General like his ancestor.

(3.5 minute movement). 

3. SAD DAYS AT ST GEORGE'S SCHOOL.

A short piece portraying his hatred of this preparatory school and the unhappy times he spent there.
(He was sent there in 1882 just before his eighth birthday - he left in the summer of 1884)

(2 minute movement).

4. HARROW.

(He commenced at the school in April 1888 and left in 1893)

A re-harmonised and choral arrangement of the Harrow School Song. Soloist Sylva Kroupova.

5. PEERING AT LIFE AROUND A CORNER.

A short piece depicting his mood during his convalescence after a youthful accident. "For a year I peered at life around a corner". My Early Life by WSC page 33.

(1 minute movement).

6. THE CHURCHILL MARCH. (He went to Sandhurst on the lst September 1893)

An ORCHESTRAL MARCH  commemorating his cadetship at Sandhurst College. (A 7 minute movement).

7. THE MALAKAND FIELD FORCE. subtitled "Men and Mountains". (September 1897)

The music portrays the punitive expedition awakening to Reveille on the North West Frontier. (4 minute movement).

8. THE BATTLE OF OMDURMAN. (September 1898)

Cavalry charge and the young Churchill's grief at the plight of the injured. (6 minute movement).

9. THE ARMOURED TRAIN.

(December 1899) Incident in the South African Boer War.

N.B.
This piece has never been performed and is not included on the CDs and Tape Cassettes. (10.17 minute movement). 

10. THE BLENHEIM ROMANCE. (August 1908) Winston proposes to Clementine Hozier in the classical pavilion by the lakeside in Blenheim Park.

A 6.5 minute movement.

11. SEASCAPE. subtitled . . The Lord of the Admiralty at the Spithead Review. (1911).

12.THE FIRST WORLD WAR.

(August 4th 1914 until November 11th 1918) 

THE SOLDIER'S PRAYER:

Soloist Vladimir Okenko

My God, to Thee do I implore;
Oh, take away my fear.
That in this night of terror and fright;
I beg, I pray, You keep near to me:
God, hear my prayer.
Forgive me Lord, for sins long past,
For deeds of hurt and thoughtlessness:
If Thou should'st spare me yet to live,
I will love Thee.

In this the hour of my despair,
Oh, come and give me strength.
That in the agony of this war,
I'll feel and know Thy presence,
Comforting me.
Steel my heart to bravely endure,
These days of sorrow and nights of fear;
Nor let me an act of cowardice do,
And I'll love Thee.

 

INTERVAL

THE CHARTWELL SUITE.

Four pieces for Orchestra.

13. Spring Dawn
14. Summer"s Day
15. Autumn Mists
16. Winter's Night

 

THE SECOND WORLD WAR.
(September 3rd 1939 to VE & VJ Day 1945.)

17. In Defeat Defiance
18. In War Resolution
19. In Victory, Magnanimity

20. In Peace Goodwill

After the last fanfares have sounded from high in the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral, Big Ben Strikes 11 am and the congregation stands in silence in memory of all those who suffered and died, and remain standing to the end of the work.

The first performance was televised by Czeske TV and broadcast by Radio Prague on VE DAY 1995..

The story of PDF THE CHURCHILL MUSIC.

 

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INDEX

Norman Harvey Rutherlyn. Composer.The 1996 Christmas Lecture
By the Founder of The Churchill Society and the composer of THE CHURCHILL MUSIC Norman Harvey Rutherlyn.

The Battle for REAL Music.

 
"What relevance does a Music Department have to the Society?....................."

"............. 'music' is remorselessly played, down telephones, in lifts, airports and departmental stores, in the dentist's surgery, and often mindlessly drenched over every item on TV. It is all pervasive, inescapable 24 hours a day, 365 days a year; so much so that we no longer listen we just 'hear' it subconsciously......................"
 
"....................are we - by doing this - putting at risk the inborn musicality of our children by subjecting them from  before  birth (for it has been proved that a foetus can listen to the outside world) and then; as they begin to grow - all day long to today's mass music cacophony? Is it not strange how good parents unthinkingly permit the publicists and merchants to degrade their children's inborn, superb aural selectivity?....................."
 

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Who killed Classical Music?

Maestrors, Managers and Corporate Policitcs

Norman Lebrecht

2005

 

 

...................Ladybird.

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