J. H. Foulds, Keltic Suite, Op 29 for piano [download]
Three movements: The Clans; A Lament; The Call. Composed 1911.
Printed score (21pp) scanned to pdf for immediate download.
Best known in an orchestral arrangement, which you can listen to here:
The three-movement Keltic Suite … includes the swooning Keltic Lament here swayed with mastery by cello principal Katharine Wood. As a suite it has a certain kinship in mood and ambition with Gustave Charpentier’s Impressions d’Italie. The Clans is brash, a shade bombastic and those flute skirls suggest the bagpipes. A Lament is the very same Keltic Lament that made Foulds’ name in tens of different arrangements from seaside bandstand to salon, to front room to concert hall. It stays justthis side of sentimental and can be counted with the populistic side of Elgar, Harty and Bantock. Indeed it would be surprising if Paxton who recorded lots of Bantock fantasy-exotica ‘postcards’ had not done the same for this adeptly shaped piece of misty-eyed Celticism. The finale is redolent of Dvorák in his Slavonic Dances and of Harty at his most ersatz Irish in the Irish Symphony. (Rob Barnett)