'As always, it was sheer pleasure to observe Robin Hill's remarkable fluent technique: everything looks easy when he plays it.' Colin Cooper- Classical Guitar Magazine ----- 'Wonderful for their (Hill & Wiltschinsky) precision, touch and clarity of sound... refined virtuosity, the achievement of a long interpretive process.' Il Giornale D'Italia (Rome) ----- 'I loved your CD and thought your technique and performance were fabulous...' Rick Wakeman

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Entry of the Gladiators

Well last night the audience were blown away.
Metaphorically speaking that is...
The charity concert in a marquee went really well and even the weather held out.
In fact it was a rather pleasant summer's evening over in Yorkshire - unlike Lancashire - don't tell them though.

If I were to say, 'Entry of the Gladiators', to you would you be able to guess where we have been this afternoon?
Another clue, this piece is also known as 'Entrance of the Gladiators' and 'Thunder and Blazes'.
Got it yet?
How about the fact that it was composed by the Czech composer and conductor of military bands, Julius Fucik.

If you haven't got it yet you will with this clue.
Yes, 'Entry of the Gladiators' is universally recognised as the theme tune of clowns and the circus.

We have been to the circus and a great time was had by all.
Except that Robin does find it difficult to cope, whenever he finds himself amongst an audience that all clap along to encourage the artist, on 1 and 3.
He stands his ground, and takes a stance, by clapping on 2 and 4, which results in an 'alternate clapping' more frequently heard in flamenco.
The clowns didn't seem to be bothered.
Son number two didn't notice.
Son number one just laughed - he's used to it...

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