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HUBERT PARRY: AN UNEXPECTED GENRE

It is easy to overlook, or at least to underestimate, the revivifying effect of Parry’s work. His music was a refreshing, invigorating contrast to the reactionary environment that prevailed in British music through the first half of the nineteenth century. This new voice stemmed largely from the wider, continental European influences to which Parry was exposed as a student of Edward Dannreuther: a champion of Brahms, Liszt and Wagner, Dannreuther instituted a series of chamber music concerts at his London home, which provided both a stimulus for Parry’s own important assays into the genre of chamber music and a vehicle for their first performances.

 

Parry’s works for violin and piano range from the early and unpublished ‘Freundschaftslieder’ of 1872 to the Suite nr 2 of 1907, and therefore provide a fascinating chart of their composer’s progress from a young man, eager to hone his craft, to an established and respected musician, academic and teacher. His music for this genre expresses a wide range of emotions: they are wistful and elegiac; beautifully and memorably lyrical; exuberantly energetic; and full-bloodedly and assuredly celebratory.

 

A film overviewing the life and work of Charles Hubert Hastings Parry and exploring his works for violin and piano, narrated by Rupert Marshall-Luck, has just been released by EM Records. This 16-minute documentary was filmed, with the kind permission of the Hon. Laura Ponsonby and Kate and Ian Russell, in the beautiful and atmospheric surroundings of Shulbrede Priory in West Sussex, a 12th-century building that belonged to Parry’s son-in-law, Arthur Ponsonby, and which Parry himself visited frequently.

 

The film’s main purpose is to raise awareness of Parry’s works for violin and piano – a genre with which he is not popularly associated – which EM Records plans to record shortly and for which project the label is currently fundraising. You can subscribe to the disc by    VISITING THIS PAGE of the EM Records website.

Narrator | RUPERT MARSHALL-LUCK

 

Director, EM Records | EM MARSHALL-LUCK
Contributors | THE HON. LAURA PONSONBY | MATTHEW RICKARD

 

Photographs, letters and manuscripts reproduced by kind permission of
THE HON. LAURA PONSONBY and KATE RUSSELL

 

Filmed and edited by

ALAN HOWCROFT | MADITA SCHLOEGELMANN | STEPHAN MIRRÉ