This Week in Classical Music w/Randy Kinkel 3/10/19

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Elgar Piece Found in Autograph Book;

Muti Backs Musicians in Strike



It’s “This week in Classical Music”; an update on what’s happening in classical music; I’m Randy Kinkel. 


A piece of music by composer Sir Edward Elgar, which is thought to be never previously heard before, will go up for auction this month.


The ‘andante’ dating to 1924 was notated on musical manuscript and then signed by the composer -


Richard Winterton – auctioneer of BBC Bargain Hunt – discovered the music paper tucked inside an autograph book, with signatures dated 1923 and 1924.


They were all collected by Lydia Tabb, who worked for the charity Barnardos.


 “It’s a bit of a mystery as to how Lydia compiled the signatures of so many famous and influential people and we would love to find out more.” Said Winterton.


Other signatures in the book include those of Charlie Chaplin, the future King George VI.


The Elgar manuscript and the autograph collection are being sold as two separate lots on March 26.




As the musicians for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra near a strike date in their contract negotiations with management, music director Riccardo Muti told CSO execs this week that his loyalty is with the musicians.


“I hope before my return in a few days, everything will be settled, giving the musicians the recognition they deserve,” he wrote in a letter to CSO leaders. “I hope that the Board will remember that theirs is not a job but a mission, and that tranquility and serenity will be given for the artists to do their work.”


The musicians, represented by the Chicago Federation of Musicians, voted in February authorize a strike effective March 10th if a deal for a new contract isn’t reached by then.


Stephen Lester, chairman of union’s negotiating committee, has said that if no agreement is reached, the orchestra’s 100 musicians will walk out after their planned performance of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto and Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony.




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