Serenade for Strings
He may not be as well known as some of the other early-mid 20th century British composers like Elgar, Britten and Vaughan Williams but if we look at the quality of the works rather than the quantity, he has really nothing to envy the others.
As well as being the organist and professor at the Royal College of Music, he composed vocal and instrumental music, choral and organ works, chamber music and orchestral works, William Lloyd Webber was by nature a shy and withdrawn character, he disliked self-promotion and felt his music was out of fashion to the point that in the last 20 years of his life he stopped composing music.
The Serenade for Strings three movements were originally composed in 1951, 1980 and 1960 resectively, yet the work sounds very much like a unified whole. The Barcarolle began life as a song, telling of an enchanted boat with a cargo of ’pearl and silver beams to fashion the little childrens dreams’, whilst the lyrical Romance, a favourite work of the composer, was written for his close friend, Justine Bax. The Elegy was originally a wind and piano composition written for his eldest son Andrew.
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