Composer of the Week: Gordon Jacob and Joseph Horovitz

An Interest in Brass

Episode 5 An Interest in Brass



In the last decade of his life, Gordon Jacob was affected by failing eyesight and hearing. However, he kept on working hard, and in the space of five years composed 55 new works, such as his Sonatina for Treble Recorder and Harpsichord, and Mini Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra. During this final few decades in Jacob's life, one-time pupil Joseph Horovitz kept in contact. It was a period for Horovitz that saw the creation of one of his most enduring works that also won him an Ivor Novello Award, his cantata Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo. Presented by Donald Macleod. Joseph Horovitz: The Lord Looked Down on Earth (Captain Noah and His Floating Zoo). The King's Singers, Joseph Horovitz (piano), Daryl Runswick (double bass), Roy Jones (drums). Jacob: Passacaglia Stereophonica. BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Stephen Bell; Sonatina for treble recorder and harpsichord. Annabel Knight (recorder), Robin Bigwood (harpsichord). Joseph Horovitz: Lento from Oboe Concerto, Nicholas Daniel, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, conducted by the composer; Ballet for Band. The CWS (Glasgow) Band, conducted by the composer. Jacob: Mini Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra. Thea King, (clarinet), Northwest Chamber Orchestra of Seattle, conductor Alun Francis.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Donald Macleod
Producer Luke Whitlock