Wednesday Music: Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto

This week’s piece is a bit… different from what I usually post, mainly because it was written much, much later than the music I usually highlight. It also isn’t such a well-respected piece, which is sad. It’s certainly not my favorite concerto ever, but I don’t think it’s that terrible, either. It’s called the Warsaw Concerto and here’s a bit about it.

  • This piece was written for the 1941 film Dangerous Moonlight. It’s about World War II, which kind of makes me want to watch it. Plus I’d love to understand where the name comes from because without knowing any context, it sounds so silly.
  • The filmmakers wanted Rachmaninov to write the music for the film, but he declined, so Richard Addinsell was commissioned instead. He wrote the Warsaw Concerto, which is meant to sound like a Romantic piano concerto. Some people love it–and some have called it “bloody awful,” including British comedian Spike Milligan.
  • Regardless of what people have said about it later, it was all the rage in World War II-era Britain, which basically proves that people had much better taste in music back then. 😉

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Enjoy! And if you’ve seen the film Dangerous Moonlight, let me know if it’s worth watching.