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Victor Hely-Hutchinson

Victor Hely-Hutchinson (arr. Williams)

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General Info

Year: 1927 / 2002
Duration: c. 27:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Novello
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - £149.95   |   Score Only (print) - £29.95


1. Prelude: Adeste Fideles
2. Scherzo: God rest ye merry, gentlemen
3. Romance: Lullay, lullay, The first nowell
4. Finale: Here we come a-wassailing


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Program Notes

Carol Symphony is a collection of four preludes, written by Victor Hely-Hutchinson in 1927. It had its first performance on 26 September 1929 at a promenade concert at the Queen's Hall, which was broadcast live on the BBC's 2LO, with other music by Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Percy Pitt. It was conducted by the composer. It is based on four Christmas carols, given additional orchestration and counterpoint arrangements. The four movements are written to be played uninterrupted consecutively.

The first movement (Allegro energico) is based on O Come All Ye Faithful. It is in the style of a Bach chorale prelude. The second movement is a scherzo (Allegro molto moderato) on God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, similar to the Russian Balakirev compositions. The third movement (Andante quasi lento e cantabile) is a slow movement whose outer sections are based on the Coventry Carol, with a central interlude on The First Nowell. The finale (Allegro energico come prima) recapitulates material from the first movement, and also uses Here We Come A-Wassailing before concluding with a re-statement of O Come All Ye Faithful similar to a style of Charles Villiers Stanford in a fugal structure.

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