Three illuminations

1916†, 5:00

piano, optional speaker

1 The boys and the pastille
2 The butterfly’s waltz
3 Venus and a bobby

Text: Havergal Brian

Havergal Brian Society

Performances

12 April 1935 [earliest known performance] Aeolian Hall, London
John Tobin
Contemporary thirties criticism of Brian performances – Norman V Dagg
24 June 1980 (Butterfly’s waltz)
Robert Keys
February 1981
Peter Hill (piano), Christopher Kay (speaker)
21 April 1982 Trent Park Music Centre, London
John Mitchell (piano), Frank Bayford (speaker)
19–20 June 1997 Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk
Raymond Clarke (piano), Tessa Spong (speaker)
19–20 June 1997 Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk
Raymond Clarke (piano)
17 March & 27 May 2006 Calgary, Canada
Gordon Rumson (pno); Caroline Horne (spkr)
25–26 August 2011 Potton Hall, Suffolk, U.K.
Sholto Kynoch, piano

Recordings

Cameo Classics CC9016CD released 2011
February 1981
Peter Hill (piano), Christopher Kay (speaker)
Athene Minerva 23012 released March 1988
19–20 June 1997 Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk
Raymond Clarke (piano), Tessa Spong (speaker)
The Complete Piano Music: 2 reviews – Rob Barnett, David Wright
The Complete Piano Music: 2 reviews – Rob Barnett, David Wright
Stone Records 5060192780154 released May 2012
25–26 August 2011 Potton Hall, Suffolk, U.K.
Sholto Kynoch, piano