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Henry Wood

While Jullien retired in 1859, supposedly dying insane a year later, concerts of this sort remained a staple of London musical life, usually done at the Covent Garden Theatre in August and September. In 1896 Henry Wood breathed new life into the institution with programmes that drew more widely from the music of classical composers. It is important to see, nonetheless, that he stayed close to the mood of the traditional promenade by choosing short numbers of quite approachable music. Here is a programme from 1897:

Programme 5

Queen's Hall Promenade Concert, 4 September 1897

Part I

GounodIntermezzo, Act II, Philemon & Baucis
SullivanGraceful Dance, Henry VIII
BizetMicaela's Song, Carmen
ThomasOverture, Mignon
BottesiniDouble bass solo, Melody in E minor
GriegPeer Gynt Suite No. 1
W. H. SquireEntr'Acte, Summer Dreams
A. ParraClarinet solo, Souvenir d'un rossignol
WagnerOverture, Rienzi
Maude White'The devout lover'
DvorakSlavic Dance No. 1
Part II 
WagnerGrand Fantasia on Tannhäuser, chamber orchestra
CoenenSong, 'Lovely Spring'
Emilio PizziCornet solo, Ianthe
Arthur HerveySong, 'Once'
Johann StraussMarch, 'Gablenz'
Transcribed from the programme in the British Library


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