(Born at Down Ampney on the Borders of Gloucestershire
and Wiltshire, England, on October 12, 1872)
i. Lento; Allegro risoluto ii. Lento iii. Scherzo (Nocturne): Allegro vivace iv. Andante con motor; Maestoso alla marcia
Epilogue: Andante sostenuto
IT is DOUBTFUL whether without the title and descriptive programme a hearer, as the music was playing, would say, "Aha! London—I hear the Thames, the roar and bustle of the streets. Now we are in foggy, dismal Bloomsbury. Let's go to the Thames Embankment. And now we see the march of the unemployed." No. The austere, remote Delius wrote a symphonic poem "Paris", which is anything but the Paris of Louise, and might be Rouen, Belfast, or Terre Haute.
A critic in London reproached Williams for introducing in this symphony a theme too much like the notes of "Have a banana!" from a song. "We'll All Go Down the Strand," a popular musichall ditty in the London of 1897. Perhaps Williams did this deliberately for the sake of "local color."
The symphony contains pages of great worth. The first two movements are the richest in musical thought and in powerful ex