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With just 15 minutes until the bride arrives, here's what music is being played inside St George's Chapel. A folky/antique theme dominates in this sequence of pieces.
EDWARD ELGAR SALUT D’AMOUR
Elgar’s first published piece. Originally written in 1888 as a gift for his future wife Carice. He sold the rights to the publisher for two guineas, which was a really bad move. It became massively popular and could have earned him a fortune.
GUSTAV HOLST: ST PAUL’S SUITE, 4 TH MOVT
Holst taught at St Paul’s School for Girls and composed this in 1912 for the school orchestra. This movement based on 16 th century English ballad
SIR CHARLES HUBERT HASTINGS PARRY movts 2,3,5
Parry, a leading light of the so-called ‘English Renaissance’ who was the first director of the Royal College of Music in 1883. He wrote his Lady Radnor’s suite in 1894 for the all-women orchestra conducted by Helen, Countess of Radnor. It’s a kind of Baroque Suite in Victorian dress.
PETER WARLOCK: CAPRIOL SUITE
Set of dances based on a book of Renaissance dances composed by Peter Warlock (gifted composer who died in 1930 aged 36).
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: FANTASIA ON GREENSLEEVES
Vaughan Williams was a collector of folk-song, and wrote many pieces based on the songs he found. This one is especially beloved, it’s always in Classic FM’s Hall of Fame. More famous and well-known than the tune it’s based on.
ELGAR SERENADE FOR STRINGS
Elgar’s first really successful work, completed in 1893. It remained one of his favourite works right to the end of his life. He liked it because it was ‘really stringy’ – weird phrase but a musician knows What he means – it completely suits a string orchestra, you couldn’t arrange it for something else.
ELGAR CHANSON DE MATIN
In his early days, Elgar was always complaining about having no money, and wrote this delicious piece in 1899 as a deliberate money-spinner for his publisher Novello. It worked.
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Source : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/19/royal-wedding-2018-live-meghan-markle-prince-harry-marry-windsor/