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Onslow Revisited

Onslow Revisited

Selected Composition

 

George Onslow, Piano Quartet No. 3 in A Major, Op. 8

 

 

Program Notes

 

I previously wrote about the French composer, George Onslow, in my June 27th post
"As Soon as the Light." I had written then believing that it was Onslow's birthday—but it turns out that today is his birthday. I promised in June that I would revisit Onslow's music today.

 

As I mentioned in my previous post, Onslow, in his time, was considered the successor to Beethoven, and I speculated that if we had lived in the first half of the nineteenth century we would have known about Onslow. But Onslow and his music have been largely forgotten in the nearly two centuries since.

 

Today, when I looked for more of his music, it seemed that more was available. Apparently there is an Onslow revival taking place.

 

I find his music interesting, and, at times, compelling—even mysterious. It is certainly cultured and refined. Here is the Ruggieri Quartet in their 2015 recording of George Onslow's Piano Quartet No. 3 in A Major, Op. 8 (from the album Quatour Ruggieri: George Onslow):

 

George Onslow, Piano Quartet No. 3 in A Major, Op. 8

 

 

 

 

I created "Until the Hasting Day," the image above, in 2006. It employs Mandelbrot fractals. The title is from Robert Herrick's carpe diem poem "To Daffodils":


Fair Daffodils, we weep to see
You haste away so soon; 
As yet the early-rising sun
Has not attain'd his noon. 
Stay, stay, 
Until the hasting day
Has run
But to the even-song; 
And, having pray'd together, we
Will go with you along. 

We have short time to stay, as you, 
We have as short a spring; 
As quick a growth to meet decay, 
As you, or anything. 
We die
As your hours do, and dry
Away, 
Like to the summer's rain; 
Or as the pearls of morning's dew, 
Ne'er to be found again. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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