14th February 2021
Carl Gottlieb Reissiger was born 31 January 1798, Belzig and died on 7 November 1859, Dresden) was a German conductor and composer.
Reissiger attended the Thomas Schule zu Leipzig. In 1821, he followed the example of the young Beethoven and went toVienna to study where he also studied theology at the University of Leipzig Reissiger continued his musical studies in France and Italy in 1824, under the sponsorship of the Prussian Ministry of Cultural Affairs.
After working for two years as the musical director of the Dresden Opera, he succeeded Carl Maria von Weber as the conductor of the Dresden Court in 1828 and held this office until his death in 1859.
A famous piece known as Weber's Last Waltz was actually written by Reissiger (one of his opus 26 Danses Brillantes) and is mentioned in Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher (1839) as one of Roderick Usher's favourite pieces of music; it is also the title of a 1912 film.
Reissiger left behind an extensive body of work that was distinguished above all by his vocal music, which included nine operas, one oratorio, nine Latin masses and another four in German, as well as sixty songs.
Besides his own works, he also won fame for conducting the premiere of Wagner's opera Rienzi in 1842. Reissiger's most successful compositions were the operas which included Die Felsenmuhle (The Mill on the Cliff) which was first performed in 1830. His great masses, composed for Catholic services at Court, are known to have rich melodies and warm feeling. The same can be said of his hymns, motets, and songs, which have been included in many collections, as well as of his oratorio David.
In addition, Reissiger wrote and published various forms of orchestral and chamber music. While these works revealed his skill and inventiveness, they fell out of fashion after his death and he has sometimes been referred to as the forgotten composer.
In this week’s show we feature the overture from Die Felsenmuhle, which was arranged for brass bands by William Rimmer.
Playlist 14 February 2021
|Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke||Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010||'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010|
|The Wellingtonian March - Harold Scotney||Boscombe Citadel Band BM: Geoff Otter - 1985||'Marching Along' - Vinyl - PRA52 -1985|
|Overture: The Mill On The Cliff (Die Felsenmuhle) - Carl Reissiger arr. William Rimmer||Grimethorpe Colliery Band MD: George Thompson - 1967||'Black Diamonds- - Vinyl - Golden Guinea GGL0392 - 1967|
|Weiner Strassen (Streets of Venice) - Charles Antcliffe arr. Bram Gay||Luton Band MD: Albert Coupe - 1971||'Splendour of Brass' - Vinyl - Carnival Recording 2928 004 - 1971|
|The Circus on Parade from the musical Jumbo - Richard Rogers arr.William (Dusty) James Duthoit||Carlton Main and Frickley Colliery Band MD: Robert Oughton - 1971||'Salute to Richard Rogers' - Vinyl - Polydor Label 2485 009 - 1971|
|Symphony of Thanksgiving - Dean Goffin||Reg Vardy Band MD: John Ward - 2011||'Crusader - The Music of Dean Goffin' - CD - MCP Recordings: CDMCPS001 - 2011|
|Romeo and Juliet Suite (Juliet the Young Girl) - Prokofiev - arr. Svein Gisk||Eikanger-Bjorsvik Band (Norway) MD: Bjarte Engeset - 2008||'Romeo and Juliet for Brass Band ' - CD - Naxos 8.572193 - 2008|
|Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 3, Op. 101: V. Aubade (Morning Serenade) Prokofiev - arr. Frode Rydland||Eikanger-Bjorsvik Band (Norway) MD: Bjarte Engeset - 2008||'Romeo and Juliet for Brass Band ' - CD - Naxos 8.572193 - 2008|
|Freikugeln Polka (Magic Bullets or Free-Shooter), ops 326 - Johann Strauss II arr. Sandy Smith||Fairey Band MD: Simon Stonehouse - 2009||'Fairey Band in Concert' - CD - Doyen Recording DOYCD224 - 2009|
|Stage Centre - Goff Richards||Wardle High School Band MD: Stuart Marshall - 1999||'Master Brass Vol 10 All England Masters Championships' - CD - Polyphonic Recording - QPRL201D - 1999|
|Finale to Act I of Tosca - Puccini arr. Philip Harper||Cory Band MD: Philip Harper - 2015||'Cory in Concert V' - CD - Doyen Recording DOYCD346 - 2015|
|Departed Heroes - Bramwell Coles||Black Dyke Band MD: Dr. Nicholas Childs - 2011||'World Class Marches of the Salvation Army - Festival Marches Vol.3' - 2011|
|Alleluia - Mozart arr. Harry Mortimer||Cornet Soloist Gwyn Davies with the Morris Concert Band MD: Harry Mortimer - 1970||'Harry Mortimer conducts the famous Morris Concert Band' - Vynl - Music For Pleasure 1387 - 1970|
|Little Serenade - Ernest Tomlinson||Kings of Brass MD: James Scott - 1995||'Kings of Brass - Down Memory Lane Vol. 1' - CD - Kirklees Music KRCD 1019 - 1995|
|The Supervisor - Arthur Pryor arr. Andrew Berryman||Trombone Soloist Andrew Berryman with the Wingates Band MD: John Dickinson - 2006||'Frolic for Trombones & Tuba' - CD - Amadeus Recording AMSC CD099 - 2006|
|The Hope of Glory - Kenneth Downie||New York Staff Band (USA) BM: Ron Waiksnoris - 2012||'Pressing Onwards - CD - SP&S Recording - SP&S CD300 - 2012|
|Marching Sergeants - Edrich Siebert||Morris Concert Band MD: Harry Mortimer - 1970||'Harry Mortimer conducts the famous Morris Concert Band' - Vynl - Music For Pleasure 1387 - 1970|
|Marche Slav - Tchaikovsky arr. Leonard Davies||Massed Bands of Leyland and Sun Life MD: Harry Mortimer - 1991||'Master Brass Vol 2 All England Masters Championships' - CD - Polyphonic Recording QPRL 048D - 1991|
|New York Profile - Richard Phillips||Kettering Citadel Band BM: Richard Phillips - 2011||'That's the Spirit' - CD - SP&S CD294 - 2011|
|Yorkshire Imperial March – Sam B. Wood||IMI. Yorkshire Imperial Band MD: David Hirst - 1991||'Endeavour' - CD - Doyen DOY006 - 1991|
|Lezghinka - Khachaturian arr. Howard Snell||Sellers International Band MD: Philip McCann - 2004||'Somewhere in Time ' - CD - SP&S DOYCD184 - 2004|
|Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke||Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010||'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010|