Recording of Godfrey Ridout's George III his lament

Description:This is a recording of a performance of Godfrey Ridout's George III his lament by the CBC Vancouver Orchestra conducted by Mario Bernardi.
Credits:CBC Vancouver Orchestra, Godfrey Ridout, Mario Bernardi
Subject:Godfrey Ridout | George III his lament
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TranscriptionAccompanying this recording of a performance of Godfrey Ridout's George III his lament by the CBC Vancouver Orchestra conducted by Mario Bernardi, there is a programme note which reads:

Like Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations this is a musical puzzle piece. Commissioned by the National Arts Centre Orchestra to mark the American Bicentennial, it is based with intentional irony on a melody associated with the losing side in the War of Independence. Five disguised versions of the popular English tune are offered before the original, in the style of a military march, is finally quoted.

He contributed articles to numerous Canadian music publications, notably serving as the assistant editor of both Canadian Music (1940-1941) and Canadian Review of Music and Art (1942-1943). From 1973-1984 he was the author of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's program notes. As a conductor he served as the music director of the Eaton Operatic Society from 1949-1958. He was also highly involved with the Toronto Gilbert & Sullivan Society of which he was made an honorary vice-president.[1] As a composer, Ridout is chiefly remembered for his symphonic and choral works. The Canadian Encyclopedia describes him thus:

"Essentially an eclectic, Ridout yet did not lack for individuality. His music, though intensely felt, is prevailingly sunny and affirmative; it eschews the 'doom and gloom' manner and self-conscious profundity of much 20th-century concert fare. Ridout liked fun in music and could not easily resist concluding a work with a 'good tune'. He saw no need to strive for ever-new styles, or for a progress through styles, or for the role of musical inventor; style for him was a means of communication, not the 'message' itself. In this aloofness from contemporary conformity, Ridout may be perceived to be more original than many innovators and one of the determined communicators of his day."

Ridout was a pupil of Ettore Mazzoleni (conducting), Weldon Kilburn (piano), and Charles Peaker (organ and counterpoint) at the Toronto Conservatory of Music. He then taught on the conservatory faculty from 1940 to 1948. He left there to join the faculty at Toronto University where he taught until 1982. Among his notable pupils were Walter Babiak, Walter Buczynski, Hugh Davidson, Alan Detweiler, Ben McPeek, Welford Russell, Alfred Strombergs, and Charles Wilson.