Sunday Bandstand 5 June 2022

Sunday Bandstand 5 June 2022

Jean-Paul-Égide Martini, also known as Jean-Paul-Gilles Martini (31 August 1741 – 14 February 1816) was a French composer of German birth during the classical period. He is best known today for the vocal romance "Plaisir d'amour," on which the 1961 Elvis Presley pop standard "Can't Help Falling in Love" is based. He was often confused with the Italian composer Giovanni Battista Martini, so is sometimes known as Martini Il Tedesco ("Martini The German").

Martini was born in  Bavaria as son of the schoolmaster Andreas Martin and his wife Barbara. He was educated at a Jesuit seminary and later started a study of philosophy in Frieberg, which he left without completing the course. He temporarily adopted the code name "Schwarzendorf", which is said to have been a means of trying to cover his tracks for the fear of being urged to refund his education costs.

He re-adopted his original family name in the Italianised form "Martini" after moving to France. There, he established a successful career as a court musician. In 1764, he married Marguerite Camelot. Having directed concerts for queen Marie Antoinette, he adapted to the changing regimes throughout the French Revolution, and later wrote music for Napoleon's marriage as well as for the restored Chapelle royale.

His highly popular church music combined old forms with modern theatricality, and his chansons including "Plaisir d'amour" were influential. In 1788, he paid 16.000 livres (an old French monetary unit) to become surintendant de la musique du roi. He was designated to take office after his predecessor's death, however the outbreak of the French Revolution prevented this. Martini lost all his functions and took flight to Lyon.

In 1800 he became a professor of composition at the Paris Conservatoire. In 1814, after the Bourbon Restoration, Martini was finally appointed surintendant de la musique du roi, the post that he had been promised more than 25 years earlier. His last composition was a requiem in honour of Louis XVI of France, which he performed in the Basilica of St Denis on 21 January 1816, the anniversary day of the monarch's execution. He died in Paris in February 1816 at the age of 74.

We are featuring Plaisir d'Amore as a cornet solo arranged by Peter Graham and played by Philip McCann accompanied by Sellers Engineering Band conducted by Roy Newsome.

Playlist 5 June 2022


Recording Details 

Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010  'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010
Royal Salute - Philip Sparke  Black Dyke Band MD: Professor Nicholas Childs- 2008  'Music for Battle Creek'  - CD - Anglo Records - 2008
Royal Parks  (1st Mvt Dawn Flight; 2nd Mvt In Memoriam and 3rd Mvt Holidays) - George Lloyd CWS (Glasgow) Band MD: Gavin Lindsay - 2002  'Regionals 2002' - CD - Doyen – DOY CD128 - 2002
Elizabethan Serenade - Ronald Binge Morris Concert Band MD: Harry Mortimer - 1970  'Harry Mortimer conducts the famous Morris Concert Band' - Vynl - Music For Pleasure 1387 - 1970
Cleopatra - Demare  Cornet Soloist Tom Paulin with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band MD: Bryden Thompson - 1977  'Grimethorpe Colliery Band - Band of the Year' - Vinyl - RCA – PL25048 - 1977
Music for the Royal Fireworks Nos. 1-2-3-4-5 - G.F.Handel  Whitworth Veterans Band MD: Leslie Beevers - 2004  'Whitworth Veterans Band'
Plaisir d'Amore -Jean Paul Egide Martini arr. Peter Graham Cornet Soloist Philip McCann with the Sellers Engineering Band MD: Roy Newsome - 1991  'Worlds Most Beautiful Melodies Vol. 3' - CD - Chandos Recording CHAN4503 - 1991
Three of Kind - Jack Heyler  Cornet Trio with the Harry Mortimer Men O' Brass (Massed Brass Bands Of Fodens, Fairey Aviation & Morris Motors) MD: Harry Mortimer - 1958  'The World Of Brass Bands' - Vinyl - Decca – SPA 20, Decca - Compilation LP - 1969
Royal Bridesmaids - John Wheaton Casto Sun Life Stanshawe Band MD: Roy Newsome - 1979  'Legacy CD2' - CD - Triple CD set - 2001
The Spirit of Pageantry - Percy Fletcher  Black Dyke Mills Band MD: Roy Newsome - 1974  'Famous Marches- - CD - Chandos  CHAN 6516 - 1974
Celebration - Ben Hollings Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band MD: Erik Janssen - 2017  '4th World Brass Band Championships - Highlights Wmc 2017' - CD - 2017
Harbour Light - Norman Bearcroft  (Written for the Soloist ) Euphonium Soloist Wilfrid Mountain with the Hollywood Tabernacle Band (USA) BM: William Gordon - 1985  'Daystar - Vol 8' - Cassette -  United Western Studios - 1985
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  'Sounds Of Brass - Vol. 10 - Vinyl - Decca SB310 - 1973
Donkey Serenade - Rudolf Friml, Herbert Stothart and George Forrest Harry Mortimer Men O' Brass  (Massed Brass Bands Of Fodens, Fairey Aviation & Morris Motors) MD: Harry Mortimer - 1969  'World Of Brass Bands Decca – SPA 20, Decca – SPA.20' - Vinyl - Compilation LP - 1969
A Time for Peace - Peter Graham Flugel Horn Soloist Iwan Williams with the Yorkshire Building Society Band MD: Dr. David King - 2005  'Mellow Moments' - CD - Egon SFZ128 - 2005
Rhapsody in Brass - Dean Goffin Reg Vardy Band MD: John Ward - 2011  'Crusader - The Music of Dean Goffin' - CD - MCPS: MCPS001 - 2011  
The Ash Grove - Traditional arr. Geoffrey Brand Trombone Soloist Frank Berry with Black Dyke Mills Band MD: Roy Newsome - 1974  'Black Dyke Mills Band – Traditionally British' - Vinyl - RCA Victor – LSA 3186 - 1973
Crown Imperial - William Walton Leyland Band MD: Thomas Wyss - 2013  'Crown Imperial'- CD - Timbercroft Publishing www.timbercroftpublishing com - TPCD003 - 2013
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010  'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010

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