Fine Music Magazine
The Symphony no 1 of Johannes Brahms is one of the most performed and admired works of orchestral music. My first encounter with it came as a beginner saxophonist, when learning to play the theme from the fourth movement – one of the most difficult exercises in A Tune a Day, an outdated but once ubiquitous book in music teaching studios. Like a lot of Brahms’ music, this theme is deceptive in its difficulty – played by an expert, it sounds simple but to attempt it is to test yourself against the complexity of a masterpiece.
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The decision to devise a program of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s music was made quite some time ago but, fittingly, this article is being written in the wake of the worldwide Black Lives Matter protests. Coleridge-Taylor was born on 15 August 1875 in London, the son of an English woman and a Sierra Leonean man. The latter was a medical student who returned to Sierra Leone upon graduating, unaware that he had fathered a child. Coleridge-Taylor was brought up by his mother and her extended family, who recognised his musical talents.