Arthur Dennington (1904-1988): Piano quintet (1923). Fair copy of the full score and parts for the strings in the composer's hand.
Arthur Dennington was born on 12 August 1904 in London (England). He music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the King's College London. After his studies he started to conduct several small orchestral groups in various institutes and schools in Northern London. In 1931 Arthur Dennington combined these different ensembles and formed the Modern Symphony Orchestra. For the next 44 years, until 1975, Arthur Dennington was the main conductor of the Modern Symphony Orchestra which took an important part in the orchestral landscape of London.
During his years with the Modern Symphony Orchestra Arthur Dennington conducted several world and English premieres of compositions, for example the world premieres of the Horn and Violin concertos by Ruth Gipps, or the English premieres of the Symphonie concertante by Frank Martin, the Guitar concerto by Stephen Dodgson or the first public performance of the Piano concerto by Alan Bush. Arthur Dennington also recorded several LPs with little known orchestral repertoire for the Rare Recorded Editions label, for example four volumes of ouvertures by Daniel Auber. In 1981 Arthur Dennington received an Honorary Fellowship of the Polytechnic Northern London University.
Arthur Dennington died on 16 May 1988 in Walmer (England)
The snippet below is a computer realisation of the beginning of the Piano quintet.
Erik Fordell (1917-1981): Vedenhaltija (Sjörået), for string orchestra and timpani op.37 (1948). Autograph manuscript of the full score.
Erik Fritiof Fordell was born 02 July 1917 in Kokkola (Finland). He studied music at the Helsinki Institute of Church Music and the Sibelius Academy. His teachers included Aarre Merikanto, Bengt Carlson, Eino Linnala and Leo Funtek.
Erik Fordell later worked as a teacher at the Kokkola Folk School and the Kokkola Workers' School. He was also active as a choral conductor.
Erik Fordell died on 21 December 1981 in Kaarlela, today part of Kokkola (Finland).
Erik Fordell produced an enormous output of compositions through his lifetime. There are 45 symphonies, several concertos (2 for violin), 20 string quartets, numerous chamber compositions and about 400 choral and solo songs.
The autograph manuscript in my possession is a composition for string orchestra and timpani. The work is titled "Vedenhaltija (Sjörået)" and refers to the Sjörået, which is a mystical creature from the lake in Scandinavian folklore comparable to the nymphs in Greek mythology. It consists of the three movements "I. Allegretto - poco agitato; II. Andante tranquillo; III. Allegro appassionato" and is dated at the end "7.5.48".
In modern work lists of Erik Fordell the op.37 curiously refers to the Symphony No.11 from 1957. But it seems that Erik Fordell withdrew earlier compositions, his work catalogue starts with an op.1 from around 1950.
The sound snippet below is a computer realisation of the beginning of the second movement "Andante tranquillo".
Jef Tinel (1885-1972): Ballade, for 4 violins, 2 violas and cello. Autograph manuscript and parts.
Emiel Joseph "Jef" Tinel was born on 11 May 1885 in Lessen (Belgium). He was the cousin of composer Edgar Tinel and his father was himself an organist. So Jef Tinel learned to play the piano and organ from an early age. Jef Tinel later studied organ and composition in Mechelen and Gent. He then worked as a organist and chorus master in Zele, Gent and Maldegem. For many years he was also the director of the music school in Maldegem. In his late years Jef Tinel moved to Gent where he died on 25 May 1972.
Jef Tinel is today most famous for his choral work "Wij zijn bereid" (1937) and he composed mainly songs and choral works. The "Ballade" is a short work of around 4 minutes.