Here's my preview of the Last Night of the Proms 1910...which is Sunday afternoon's free concert, a little updated for the 21st century. And of course featuring Steven, as per yesterday.
A few little bits and bobs met the cutting room floor, including something Paul Daniel told me about Sir Henry Wood's bicycle:
Fascinating to remember that 1910 was just 83 years after the death of Beethoven. Wagner and Liszt were in living memory; Strauss, Schoenberg, Debussy and Puccini were contemporary giants; Stravinsky was just starting out. And new music featured in Sir Henry's Last Nights, as it did amply throughout the season. The gigantic catalogue of world premieres and British premieres that he presented is more than merely astonishing.
"In the BBC music library they've still got the pannier that Henry Wood had on the front of his bicycle," says Daniel, "and it's bloody big! It looks as if it was designed for a butcher's delivery bike. It was for his scores, and he needed it. His workload was enormous - he was doing five concerts a week..."
Any conductors currently travelling by bike to & from five Proms a week, including lashings of world premieres, please raise your hand now. I promise you a guest spot here.
- Conduct Unbecoming: The Classical Commentaries of Norman Lebrecht in Standpoint
- Chronicling The Crash: A Standpoint Ebook
- Grounds for Hope
- Is Islam a Peaceful Religion? Daniel Johnson at the Oxford Union
- Standpoint's Autumn Salons
- Win Tickets to the Inaugural Standpoint Salon
- Is Hunter's History Bunk?
- Lawson Collects on Climate Change Bet
- Friends of Russia or Friends of Putin?
- Russia's Win-Win Election
- The Kremlin Plays Old Tricks With Pussy Riot
- A Pyrrhic Victory for Georgian Democracy
- Abandoned in Moscow
- Standpoint's New Facebook Page
- No need to pander to the Bear, Mr Obama
- Standpoint Recommends: The Tacitus Lecture 2012
- Goodbye, Vienna
- Friends Indeed — Daniel Johnson on Gertrude Himmelfarb
- New Culture Forum Lecture: Jeremy Hunt
- Kangaroo Courts Arrive Down Under
- The BBC's painful novelties
- Money can't buy you love - Nichi Hodgson
- World Youth Day Diary: Day Four
- World Youth Day Diary: Day Three
- World Youth Day Diary: Day Two
- World Youth Day Diary: Day One