Sunday Bandstand 22 April 2018

Sunday Bandstand 22 April 2018

Luigi Denza (24 February 1846 near Naples, Italy died in London 27 January 1922 and was composer. He studied music at the Naples Conservatory and in 1884 he moved to London where he taught singing and became a professor of singing at the Royal Academy of Music in 1898

He is best remembered for "Funiculì, Funiculà" which he wrote in 1880, a humorous Neapolitan song inspired by the inauguration of the first funicular cable car at the summit of Mount Vesuvius.

Neapolitan journalist Peppino Turco contributed the lyrics and may have prompted the song by suggesting that Denza compose something for a song-writing competition. "Funiculì, Funiculà" was published the same year by Casa Ricordi and within a year had sold a million copies

In addition to "Funiculì, Funiculà", he composed hundreds of popular songs. Some of them have been sung by Enrico Caruso, Mario Lanza,  and Luciano Pavarotti,. 

He was also an able mandolinist and guitarist, and for these instruments he wrote a number of compositions - he also wrote the opera, Wallenstein which he wrote in 1876

In this week's show we featured this highly popular work by Luigi Denza.

Playlist 22 April 2018

Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010
Fame and Glory March - Albert Matt arr: Gregor Grant  The Fairey Band MD: Kenneth Dennison - 1970
2nd Sinfonietta for Band - i) Danse ii) Dream iii  Burlesque - Jean Balissat (not the last 4th mvt) Brass Band Berner Oberland (Switzerland) MD: James Gourlay - 1994
The Meeting of the Waters - Ralph Pearce Cornet Soloist Roger Webster with the Brighouse and Rastrick Band MD: David Hirst - 1997
Top O' the Morning - arr: Bram Wiggins Wingates Temperance Band MD: Denis Smith - 1970
March of the Pacemakers - Gordon Langford Massed Bands: Morris Concert, Ransome and Marles Works, Yorkshire Imperial Metals & Camborne Town MD: Harry Mortimer - 1970
California Legend - Bruce Broughton Sun Life Band MD: Roy Newsome - 1991
Danny Boy - Traditional  - Percy Grainger / Denis Wright  Grimethorpe Colliery Band MD: David James - 1986
The Sun Has Got Its Hat On - Noel Gay / Ralph Butler arr: Philip Sparke Tuba Soloist Shaun Crowther with the Stars in Brass MD: Major Peter Parkes - 1987
Invincible March - Sam Cope Black Dyke Mills Band MD: James Watson  - 1995
Blaze of Light Concert March - Albert Elms City of Coventry Band MD: Kenneth Dennison - 1980
Viva Vivaldi - arr: Thomas Wyss Euphonium soloists Nicholas and Robert Childs with the Britannia Building Society Band MD: Howard Snell - 1989
The Blue and the Gray - Clare Grundman arr. Denzil Stephens Point of Ayr (EIMCO) Band MD: Denzil Stephens - 1998
Mini Fantasia on a London Theme - Traditional arr: Rob Collinson  The Leyland Band MD: Russell Gray - 2006
Largo from the New World Symphony - Dvorak Tenor Horn Soloist Gordon Higginbottom with the National Brass Band MD: Geoffrey Brand - 1980
Four Corners of the World 1) This Sceptred Isle 2) Mystic East 3) Pacific Paradise 4) Way Out West - Ronald Hanmer  (1971) Hampshire Youth Concert Band MD: John Knight - 1973
Sally In Our Alley- Traditional arr: Gordon Langford Baritone Soloist Peter Christian with the Black Dyke Mills Band MD: Major Peter Parkes - 1984
Dance Fever - Kenneth Downie  Yorkshire Building Society Band MD: David King - 1999
Funiculi Funicula  - Luigi Denza Camborne Town Band MD: Jeremy Wilcock - 2008
Dance of the Knights from Romeo and Juliet - Sergei Prokofiev arr: Pieter Koster  Brass Band Rijnmond (The Netherlands) MD:  Anno Appelo - 2010
Suite for Band lll) - Gabriel Major-Marothy Hannaford Street Silver Band (Canada) MD: Gary Kulesha - 2005
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010

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