Today at the Proms - Day 26

Continuing our daily coverage of what's on at The Proms 2021, Susan Omand takes a quick look at today's Prom...

It's a welcome return to the Proms tonight for the ever ebullient Chineke! Orchestra, this time celebrating a diversity in composers as well as performers. Heading after the interval first and working backwards, we get the Symphony in A Minor by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, who is not to be confused with the poet who wrote Rime of the Ancient Mariner [who was Samuel Taylor Coleridge - Ed] although he did set the poem, The Legend of Kubla Khan, written by his near name-sake, to music. This is his only Symphony though, written in 1895/6.

Before the interval we get a piano concerto by American composer Florence Price. Although often referred to as the "Piano Concerto in One Movement" it does actually have the accepted traditional three sections of a concerto and nobody knows where its alias came from!

From Arkansas to Africa and the African Suite by Nigerian composer Fela Sowande. Written for a conventional orchestra the music still contains a lot of the rhythms and harmonies of traditional African music.

However, it's back to Samuel Coleridge-Taylor we go for today's clip and the first piece from this evening's prom - Hiawatha's Wedding Feast, based on the epic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Indeed, so enamoured was Coleridge-Taylor of the Mohawk leader that he actually named his son Hiawatha too. 

Here's the full programme for today's Proms which you can listen to live on Radio 3 or on the iPlayer

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast – overture (11 mins)

Fela Sowande
African Suite (23 mins)

Florence Price
Piano Concerto in One Movement (20 mins)


Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Symphony in A minor (35 mins)

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