Day 78 mile 78: 78rpm & Local Musicology

Day 78 mile 78: 78rpm & local musicology. Although I live in a small village, if you scratch the surface it has more than its share of history.

The composer Sir Edward Elgar (of old £20 note and moustache fame) stayed just down the road at the Victorian country house of Plas Tanrallt which in English means ‘Hall under the Hill’ (sort of). This was during a holiday in August 1913, while he worked on the score and proofs of Falstaff – Symphonic Study in C minor, Op. 68. While here he also visited Conwy and Caernarfon Castles and is quoted as enjoying ‘much paddling with Alice’ his wife. Elgar’s Falstaff was later released on 78rpm shellac record. Recording took place 1932 at EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1 with The London Symphony Orchestra and the composer conducting.

Beat that for a thematic link!

Today’s run describes a figure of 8 loop through the village taking in Plas Tanrallt at its summit.

Thank you to Bangor University for the loan of the orchestral score of Elgar’s work 🙂

It’s a windy day out there, but relatively warm and gloriously sunny. Down amoung the leafy hedges looking across to the mountains and down to the sea, it is easy to understand why someone would choose to holiday here and how it could feed into such a piece of music. 

On an aside I’ve just noticed that I have now run over 100 miles while doing this challenge! 🙂

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I’m running a mile each day everyday for 2017. If you feel you can sponsor me please do, as all the money raised will go to the Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) who provide services all across the UK to support people affected by it.

Distance: 1881.4 meters recorded

(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
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