Watts' voice leapt effortlessly over its huge intervals, and Hyland - who'd worked miracles of quiet poetry on the penny-plain keyboard version of Finzi's Dies Natalis - found light and shade in Maconchy
's unforgiving writing.
Roma (music, Wilmington College) examines the choral works of British composers Elisabeth Lutyens (1906-1983), Elizabeth Maconchy
(1907- 1994), and Thea Musgrave (b.
Other criticisms can be made: of the three totally inadequate lines which dismiss Tchaikovsky's tragic sixth Symphony, and of the complete omission of such notable women composers as Cecile Chaminade, Dame Ethel Smyth and Dame Elizabeth Maconchy
. Not all composers are given their dates (Barbara Strozzi, for example, who actually flourished between 1619 and 1664).
"Whether she would have been surprised is difficult - she had periods of considerable doubt in her own abilities, during which any attempt to reassure her was futile, but at other times would campaign forcefully to arrange performances both of her own works and those of her friends and colleagues (including Daniel Jones and Elizabeth Maconchy
) that she felt were under-recognised.
Ursula made no musical claims for herself but as well as her poetry, most of which is currently in print, she suppplied texts and libretti to at least 30 composers including Elizabeth Maconchy
, whose opera The Sofa to a text by Ursula was recently revived in London, Malcolm Williamson, Elisabeth Lutyens, Gerald Finzi, Herbert Howells, and many others.
Similarly, Elizabeth Maconchy
's Piccola Musica struggles against the string trio's textural limitations, desperately implying extra voices, but powerfully handled by these players.
There are Lennox Berkeley, Alan Bush, Elizabeth Lutyens and Maconchy
, and Alfred Reynolds, and a Little Concerto for Double Bass and string Orchestra by Gordon Jacob in which he is joined by the 12- piece (plus percussion) 1 Musicanti, directed by Susanna Candin.
Both performers could have risked more gentleness particularly in Maconchy
's setting of seventeenth century Solitude, and Barber's feathery waltz Nuvoletta.
A partial roster of such distinguished figures might include Arthur Bliss, Elizabeth Maconchy
, Constant Lambert, Howard Ferguson, Herbert Howells, John Ireland, and Peter Warlock.
Five of the composers were female: Elizabeth Maconchy
, Nicola LeFanu (Maconchy
's daughter), Thea Musgrave, Sofia Gubaidulina and Judith Weir.
Clarke might have profitably pointed out that a roster of Vaughan Williams's students includes such independent spirits as Gordon Jacob, Grace Williams, and Elizabeth Maconchy
, none of whom can accurately be dismissed as a mere epigone of Vaughan Williams.
Probably the most mouthwatering new music programme in this year's festival is that offered on Tuesday morning in the Baptist Church, where the all-female Okeanos group gives premieres of works by Judith Bingham, Birmingham-based John Joubert and Leamington-based Howard Skempton, as well as compositions by Judith Weir, Nicola LeFanu, Elizabeth Maconchy
and Priaulx Rainier.