Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Dr Malcolm Sargent cond
An alternative text was prepared by John Amis in 1991.
With spoken commentary: 19
John Maud, Baron Redcliffe Maud (1906-1982), Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education (1945-52); and Margaret Jean (Hamilton) Redcliffe-Maud, Baroness Redcliffe-Maud (1904-1993), a professional concert pianist.
The music was originally composed for a film, Instruments of the orchestra made by the Crown Film Unit for the Ministry of Education, produced by Alexander Shaw (b. 1910), directed by Muir Mathieson (1911-1975), with a script by Montagu Slater (1902-1956). The film featured the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Malcolm Sargent and was first screened on 29 November 1946 at the Empire Theatre, Leicester Square.
As a concert work, the piece may be performed with or without the commentary. The theme is the Rondeau from Purcell's Abdelazer, or the Moor's revenge, Z 570/2.