Hoffnung, Gerard (1925-1959)

Last Edited: 18-Mar-2015
A Global British Comedy Collaborative document. Edited by John Lucas
Broadcast source is BBC Radio Four unless otherwise indicated. Recording quality is considered good unless otherwise indicated.

Comedy Speeches
Date Episode Title Cast Parameters

Life Begins at 38
(The Oxford Union Speech)
Including “The Bricklayer” and “Letters from Tyrolean Landlords”

25:16, 23701, s
The Bricklayer

7:08, 8374, M
Letters from Tyrolean Landlords
4:49, 2829, M

Musical Festivals
Date Episode Title Cast Parameters

Music from The Hoffnung Music Festival Concert
  1. Introduction by T. E. Bean, General Manager of the Royal Festival Hall
  2. Fanfare by Francis Baines
  3. A Grand Grand Overture by Malcolm Arnold
  4. Concerto for Hose-pipe and Strings (3rd Movement only) by
    Leopold Mozart
  5. Concerto Popolare (a Piano Concerto to end all Piano Concertos)
    by Franz Reizenstein

  6. Andante from 'Surprise' Symphony in G major ( B. & H. 94) by Haydn
    (arr. Donald Leonard Swann)
  7. Gerard Hoffnung introduces Mazurka No. 49 in A minor, Op. 58, No. 2
    by Chopin (arr. Daniel Abrams for tuba quartet)
  8. Lochinvar by Humphrey Searle for Speakers and Percussion (words
    by Sir Walter Scott)
  9. Variations on 'Annie Laurie' by Gordon Jacob: Tema: Alerto, ma non
    troppo. Variations: Poco Inglesemente; Monto Zingaresemente;
    Alla Gigolo; Finale; Assai

From LPs
23:27, 43996, s
25:41, 48160, s
21-Nov- 1958

Hoffnung Interplanetary Music Festival
  1. Introductory Music played in the Foyer (Francis Chagrin)
  2. Hoffnung Festival Overture (Francis Baines)
  3. Metamorphosis on a Bed-time Theme (Allegro commerciale in Modo
    Televisione) (libretto by Alistair Sampson. Music by Joseph Horovitz)
  4. Sugar Plums (realized by Elizabeth Poston) (Dolmetsch Ensemble)
  5. The Famous Tay Whale (a dramatic poem by William McGonagall,
    music by Mátyás Seiber, declaimed by Edith Evans)
  6. A movement from Concerto for Conductor and Orchestra
    (Francis Chagrin)
  7. Punkt Contrapunkt ("Bruno Heinz Jaja" alias Humphrey Searle)

  8. Excerpts from The United Nations (Malcolm Arnold)
  9. Waltz for Restricted Orchestra (Peter Racine Fricker)
  10. Let's Fake an Opera or The Tales of Hoffnung (William Mann and
    Franz Reizenstein)

From LPs
30:39, 57480, s
27:52, 52274, s

From CD
17 tracks

Hoffnung Astronautical Music Festival
  1. "Rigmarole" - Introductory Music Played in the Foyer
    (Francis Baines)
  2. Festival Anthem (Francis Baines)
  3. Overture: Leonora No. 4 by Ludwig van Beethoven (featuring the
    Happy Wanderers Street Band. The actual arranger was not named,
    but the work of Malcolm Arnold was unmistakable)
  4. Duet from the Comic Opera "The Barber of Darmstadt" (music by
    "Bruno Heinz Jaja" alias Humphrey Searle; words by John Amis)
  5. Ballad of County Down, Mostly in D Major (Francis Chagrin)

  6. Excerpt from "Belshazzar's Feast" (conducted by the composer,
    Sir William Walton)
  7. Horrortorio (music by Joseph Horowitz and words by Alistair Sampson)
  8. Mobile for Seven Orchestras (Lawrence Leonard)

From LPs
20:36, 38627, s
22:07, 41494, s

Reprise Concerts
  1. A Hoffnung Festival Fanfare (1956)
  2. A Grand, Grand Overture (1956)
  3. Concerto for Hosepipe & Orchestra (1956)
  4. Ballad of County Down (1961)
  5. The Tay Whale (1958)
  6. Leonora Overture (1961)
  7. Lochinvar (1956)
  8. Concerto Popolare (1956)
  9. Metamorphosis on a Bedtime Theme (1958)
  10. Haydn's Surprise Symphony (1956)
  11. new pieces: Quasimodo e Giulietta, The Heaving Bagpipe, Concerto
    d'Amore (for two violinists and one violin), and others

Documentaries and Collateral Material
Hoffnung Remembered
12:26, 2916, s
All the Right Notes, Not Necessarily the Right Order
2 Gerard Hoffnung

The Bricklayer's Lament
narrated by Jack Dee
written and produced by Paul Russell
27:52, 26073, S
SNOL Interviews
fragments of an interview tied together with an unknown interviewer
28:33, 26776, M