The Band of the Welsh Guards Sir Edward German
Welsh Rhapsody SRCI 04
The Band of the Irish Guards Sir Arthur Sullivan
The Lost Chord SRC 106
Two Victorian composers of light music. (Sullivan 1842-1900), most famous
for his light operas and German (1862-1936), now largely neglected.
Of the two, German is the more 'folk' inspired. He did his best work between
about 1890 and 1909 (when he found himself out of favour and retired).
'Dances from the Music to Henry VIII' while not being authentic is very
pleasant. (His 'Morris Dance' was written 10 years before Cecil Sharpe
got started collecting them). He also wrote incidental music to 'Nell
Gwyn' and 'Tom Jones'. The Sullivan disc concentrates on music from the
operas and the marvellous 'Pineapple Poll' suites.
The music was recorded at The Chapel, The Royal Hospital. Chelsea. Also
available from Specialist Recording Company are CDs of music by Sir Arthur
Bliss and Sir Malcolm Arnold.