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Gary Higginson's review of British Orchestral Premieres
Posted by Martin Walker on June 11, 2018, 10:52 amEdited by board administrator June 11, 2018, 11:33 am
Reading Gary Higginson's review, I was immediately struck by the assertion that Lamia was based on a very obscure Greek mythological figure, as I immediately thought of Keats' more well-known poem as a more likely source for a musical narrative. Here is a quote from the Web: "In 1919 ... a symphonic poem she had written called Lamia, inspired by the Keats poem of the same name, was chosen by Sir Joseph Henry Wood to be played at The Proms! It was performed to great acclaim, and after the initial performance, it was performed four more times. In subsequent years at The Proms Lamia was performed a total of nine times between 1919 and 1940." - Obviously Keats found Lamia or lamias in some book or dictionary of Greek myths, but as far as I know he invented the story recounted in his poem.(https://sheroesofhistory.wordpress.com/2016/09/08/dorothy-howell/) I have never heard of this composer before, but now (as a lover of Keats) I am especially keen to hear this work of hers.
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