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David Allum
United Kingdom, Bangor,

About David Allum

Born July 1942 , in Birmingham, England, I went to Moseley Grammar School in Birmingham 1952-1960. At the age of 11, I began to learn to play the violin and came on leaps and bounds under the skillful guidance of Gilbert Shufflebottom who was lead Viola in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra . In 1958 I played first violin in the Midland Youth Orchestra under Blyth Major and studied at t ... read more

About David Allum

Born July 1942 , in Birmingham, England, I went to Moseley Grammar School in Birmingham 1952-1960. At the age of 11, I began to learn to play the violin and came on leaps and bounds under the skillful guidance of Gilbert Shufflebottom who was lead Viola in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra . In 1958 I played first violin in the Midland Youth Orchestra under Blyth Major and studied at the Birmingham School of Music under Hannah Wisheart until 1962 when my family moved to North Wales. Also in 1958 onwards I ran a small band playing country and square dance music at various locations throughout the West Midlands. The band was called the Cole River Valley Group .
I eventually came to live in Bangor, and in 1968 I joined Bangor University Symphony Orchestra, under the conductor John Hywel, and played first violin there for 34 years. I began composing music about the year 2000 when I wrote the piece titled Caernarfon Bay and others. In 2010 my work Lament at the Gate of Teheran which is scored for full Symphony Orchestra , was given its first public performance which was well received by the audience who clapped for a good five minutes.

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1 month ago


As the Classical era closed Beethoven is the most notable composer who made such a huge contribution to the change into the Romantic Era (1780 – 1880). Beethoven’s immense genius shaped the next few decades with his substantial redefining of many of the established musical conventions of the Classical era. His work on Sonata form in his concertos, symphonies, string quartets and sonatas, goes almost unmatched by any other composer.

The Romantic era saw huge developments in the quality and range of many instruments that naturally encouraged ever more expressive and diverse music from the composers. Musical forms like the Romantic orchestra became expansive landscapes where composers gave full and unbridled reign to their deepest emotions and dreams.

Berlioz in his “Symphonie Fantastique” is a fine example of this, or later Wagner in his immense operas. The symphonies of Gustav Mahler stand like stone pillars of achievement at the end of the Romantic period alongside the tone poems of Richard Strauss. The Romantic period presents us with a vast array of rich music that only towards the end of the 19th Century began to fade.

It is hard to conceive of what could follow such a triumphant, heroic time in musical history but as we push forward into the 20th Century the musical landscape takes a dramatic turn. Echoes of the Romantic Era still thread through the next century in the works of Elgar, Shostakovich and Arthur Bliss, but it is the music from France we have title impressionism that sparkles its way into our musical consciences.

Debussy and Ravel are key exponents of this colourful movement that parallels the artwork of Monet and Manet. What we hear in the music of the impressionists harks back to many of the popular forms of the Baroque but in ways that Bach is unlikely to have foreseen. The tonal system transforms to include a wider range of scales and influences from the Orient allowing composers to write some of the most stunning works ever heard.

Both Ravel and Debussy composed extensively for the piano using poetry for inspiration. Their orchestral works are amongst some of the most beautiful and evocative pieces ever written.

In parallel, the Teutonic world began to undergo its own revolution in the form of the second Viennese school, led by Arnold Schoenberg. Disillusioned with the confines of tonality Schoenberg threw out the tonal system in favour of a new twelve-tone serial system giving each step of the chromatic scale equal musical validity. The result was serial music that was completely atonal and transformed the musical landscape almost beyond anything that had happened before.'
My thanks to all who have recommended my music and a warm welcome to all my new subscribers .
David Allum Bangor Wales UK

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David Allum
3 months ago

(Approx: 1730 – 1830)

The Classical Period of Music came in direct opposition to the Baroque. The complexities and frills of Baroque music were gradually replaced by music that was streamlined, uncluttered and with an increasing focus on musical development. Composers of the time looked back to the principles of the Ancient Greeks, for example, modelling their compositions on regular, measured principles. During this period the Concerto and Sonata became dominant musical forms as the developments in instrumental music and instruments, progresses. The Symphony as a musical concept is created from the ‘suite’ and orchestral music is truly formed. The orchestra itself grows in size to around 60 players by the end of the period.

As the build quality of instruments advances, the rise of the virtuoso performer/composer becomes a feature of the period. That, in turn, facilitates the evolution of ‘sonata form’ as a crucial musical structure that allowed composers to more fully explore and exploit their ideas. The Piano replaces the harpsichord as the preferred keyboard instrument leading the way to the abundance of wonderful solo sonatas, concertos and additional works for the instrument. Opera in both comic and tragic forms is commonplace with Italian as the principal language. The String Quartet becomes established.

Key composers: Mozart; Haydn; Gluck; Beethoven; Boccherini
Recommended listening Ricard Strauss The tone poems from the romantic period . Once again my thanks to all who have recommended my music and my thanks to all 1288 subscribers.
Dave Allum Bangor North Wales UK

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David Allum
5 months ago

I have Recently uploaded a new piece of music entitled Different Moods for your perusal. Have a
listen and let me know what you think of it. I am sorry that the ending is cut short because the original file was too big to upload on N1M.
In the meantime may I wish all my subscribers a happy and prosperous new year and my thanks to all who have recommended and supported me in my efforts.
Best regards to you all,
Dave , Bangor , Wales UK

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David Allum
5 months ago

I have Recently uploaded a new piece of music entitled Different Moods for your perusal. Have a
listen and let me know what you think of it. I am sorry that the ending is cut short because the original file was too big to upload on N1M.
In the meantime may I wish all my subscribers a happy and prosperous new year and my thanks to all who have recommended and supported me in my efforts.
Best regards to you all,
Dave , Bangor , Wales UK

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David Allum
6 months ago

I regret that the new music entitled Different moods cannot be uploaded at the present time due to a glitch in the recording m of program.
I intend to upload this music as soon as possible so keep a good look out.
In the mean time can I recommend some more of my favorite classical works by various composers.
Edward Elgar. Dream of Gerontius
Dvorak Symphony no 8
Saint Saens . Symphony no 3 (organ symphony)
Edward Elgar . Enigma Variations

Can I thank all those who have subscribed to my page and all who have recommended my works.
Best regards to all ,
David Allum
Bangor
North Wales UK





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