The Music Makers
The Young Lutheran’s Guide to the Orchestra
In The Music Makers, Elgar took his libretto from a poem by Arthur O’Shaunessey, whose works, in the late 19th century, were then fashionable. Elgar includes quotations from a number of his earlier works: The Enigma Variations, Sea Pictures, The Dream of Gerontius, and both symphonies, leading listeners to feel that this work is familiar, rich and fervent.
Mozart’s ‘great’ Symphony No. 40 transports the listener with an astounding display of athletic chromaticism, mellow relaxation and a profusion of enchanting melodies.
Keillor’s work, entitled ‘The Young Lutheran’s Guide to the Orchestra’, pokes fun at each orchestral instrument, exploring reasons why most are unsuitable for a Lutheran, who might be considering a career as a musician.