Next week we start rehearsing for our forthcoming series of Fedora Strings’ engagements and recordings, most of which are taking place in the Northampton and Peterborough areas. It’s surprising how lost you can feel by missing a few days of practice, although it never takes that long to be back to performance standard again.
The music we’ll be rehearsing will include our new arrangements of folk songs and today I was researching the background to some of these. Songs like Sir Roger de Coverley, Lilliburlero and Loch Lomond date back hundreds of years and no one is sure who originally composed them. Which makes you wonder what makes a song last for centuries, while others are never remembered, and what makes a good tune.
One of the things I love about the arts is that it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what combination of factors does make something musical, intuitive, memorable and emotional. I just feel lucky that there is so much wonderful music around and that we have so many opportunities to play it.