‘His music can be, and often is, dramatic and powerful, but it can also be tende r and warm and it ca n also show those elements of comedy and parody which he delighted in himself. [It] is, I admit, often difficult and tough. I happen to like that. Like Charles Ives, I like to have my ears stretched. It’s music which goes somewhere. It … progresses from point to point in a direct and logical way.’
This tribute to Humphrey Searle (1915-1983) captures the essence of his creative output. It was given by his friend and fellow composer Peter Racine Fricker, who declared he had been ‘fortunate to have known a person with such wit, warmth and wisdom’.
Searle, Humphrey: Orkesterverk:
SYMPHONY NO.3 ‘VENETIAN’ OP.36 (1960) BBC Symphony Orchestra • John Pritchard - BBC Broadcast 12 July 1971
SYMPHONY NO.5 OP.43 (1964) Hallé Orchestra • Lawrence Leonard - BBC Broadcast 12 March 1966 - First broadcast performance
ZODIAC VARIATIONS FOR SMALL ORCHESTRA OP.53 I Capricorn-Aquarius-Pisces (2.30) II Aries-Taurus-Gemini (2.52) III Cancer-Leo-Virgo (4.13) IV Libra-Scorpio-Sagittarius (3.34) Orchestra Nova of London • Lawrence Foster - BBC Broadcast 7 July 1970 - First performance
Labyrinth for orchestra Op.56 (1971) 20.50 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - Louis Frémaux - BBC Broadcast 23 November 1971 -First broadcast performance