Hereford Choral Society
Orchestra De Cymru
Geraint Bowen, conductor
Saturday 16 March 2024
This very special concert marks an equally special pair of anniversaries, marking both the 90th anniversary of birth of William Mathias and the 50th anniversary of the première of his composition This Worlde’s Joie. To quote from reviewer Colin Clarke (MusicWeb International), ‘William Mathias was completely and utterly at home writing for voices. It is an assurance that reaches its culmination in the staggering cantata, This Worlde’s Joie … It is a work of great strength, and also a work to treasure.’ The work is full of exuberant and exciting orchestral colour and features an especially extended percussion section.
This Worlde’s Joie is paired with Dvořák’s, Te Deum. Dvořák had been commissioned to write a work to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ discovery of America, but when the promised text failed to arrive, he turned instead to the words of the Te Deum inspiring him ‘to write some of his finest music’ (John Bawden).