In my experience, too many programme notes bombard concert-goers with technical terms that leave them none the wiser about the music they are to hear. When I began to write my own, it was with the aim of examining the music within its historical context, be it in terms of the composer's life, the genre of the work or something else altogether. Feedback from performers and audiences alike has confirmed that, together with a few general pointers on the music itself, this is much more conducive to the average music-lover's enjoyment of a performance.
To date, I have written notes for performances by the Edinburgh University Chamber Orchestra, Reid Consort and Scottish Chamber Orchestra, in addition to which I am contributing towards programmes for the Usher Hall's 2017/18 Sunday Classics season.
Samples notes are available as shown. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to use any of the others listed, or commission me to write something for your next concert.
Adams - Christian zeal and activity and Muhly - Bow thine ear, O Lord (409 words)
Bach - Orchestral suite no. 3 in D major (372 words)
Beethoven - Symphony no. 2 in D major (796 words)
Beethoven - Symphony no. 6 in F major, Pastoral (517 words)
Bizet - Symphony in C major (498 words)
Bizet - Carmen suite no. 1 (274 words)
Britten - Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge (417 words)
Handel - Israel in Egypt (1384 words)
Handel - Messiah (641 words)
Haydn - Nelson mass (325 words)
Marcello - Oboe concerto in D minor (218 words)
Mendelssohn - Symphony no. 5, Reformation (496 words)
Mozart - Flute concerto in G major (397 words)
Mozart - Violin sonata in E minor (352 words)
Mozart - Overture to The marriage of Figaro (341 words)
Ravel - Le tombeau de Couperin, orchestral version (336 words)
Schubert - Adagio for piano trio (372 words)
Tchaikovsky - Manfred symphony (1120 words)
Vieuxtemps - Violin concerto no. 5 in A minor, Grétry (363 words)
Vivaldi - The four seasons (807 words)
© 2016 Anthony Mudge