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Offline Iain Fisher

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Ken on British Music
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2008, 09:09:20 PM »
The magazine BBC Music (October 2008) asked 10 people to name the 10 British classical music pieces that "describe a nation".  Ken was one of chosen and he came up with Elgar's Second Symphony "... there are... many spooky, sinister sections where there's a sense of something evil in the garden.  I think I remember reading Elgar mentioning that the thundering timpani moment in that scherzo movement was about being under the path of pounding horses' hooves... Big things have happened and they've left a mark.  And I think Elgar turned them into his symphony"