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Text by James Elroy Flecker (E,G)

Scoring

T,Bar; chorus
1(=picc).1.corA.1.1-2.1.1.1-timp.perc:xyl/camel bells/cyms/
chinese bell tree/tgl/wdbl/SD/tamb-harp-strings(6.0.2.2.1)

Abbreviations (PDF)

World premiere incomplete
01/06/1923
Hessische Landes-Theater, Darmstadt
Conductor: J Rosenstock
Company: Hessische Landes-Theater

World premiere complete
20/09/1923
His Majesty's Theatre, London
Conductor: Eugene Goossens
Company: His Majesty's Theatre

Synopsis



James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915) was a late exponent of Aestheticism who worked in the consular service and was fascinated by the East. His works include the collection of poems The Golden Journey to Samarkand and the poetic drama Hassan, published posthumously and staged eight years after his death. Delius's substantial incidental music to the play includes preludes to each of the five acts, interludes, a serenade, fanfares, a four-movement ballet, melodramas and choruses.

Moods

Poetic

Subjects

History, Literary

Recommended Recording

London Philharmonic Orchestra / Thomas Beecham (excerpts)
Naxos Historical 8.110904

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Hassan


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