John Ireland: A Downland Suite – 3rd Movement (Minuet)

Kurt Nemes' Classical Music Almanac

This is day ten of the A-toZ Challenge in which I attempt to blog every day (excepting Sundays) during the month of April. During this month, I will curate a collection of “classical” music, which are lesser known or by lesser known composers (to me at least).

Today’s composer is John Ireland who lived from 1879 to 1962.

Ireland was a composer of songs and chamber works.  It appears he had a sad childhood with his father being 70 years old when Ireland was born.  Ireland studied organ and became a teacher at the Royal College of music where his students include Benjamin Britten.  Here’s wikipedia’s entry on him. He was influence by the early works of Stravinsky and Bartok and his music is described as English Impressionism.  A Downland Suite has a light and airy feeling to it, the way you feel driving through the British countryside.

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