The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (123): Football time

The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (123): Football time


norman lebrecht

July 16, 2020

While on the subject of Bohuslav Martinu, here’s his music for half-time at a football match.

Come on, the reds!



  • V. Lind says:

    The red whats?

    Come on, You Reds made it to #1 on the UK charts — only football song ever to manage it, as far as I know. Not very sure this would.

    Crossover potential: not hot, as Richard Harris once said in another context.

  • Bostin'Symph says:

    Years ago my choir were invited by Wolverhampton Wanderers FC to sing Land of Hope and Glory at one of the last games of the season. Elgar had, apparently, been a lifelong fan of the club.
    Knowing that a choir of 100 would be no match for the thousands in the terraces, we recorded ourselves a few days before, and it was the recording that was played over the loudspeakers, while we sang on the pitch.
    The naughty fans of the opposing team (arch local rivals West Brom) tried to sing a counter song, but of course we prevailed, since you can’t knock a canned choir off its stride!

  • E says:

    Reminds me of Stravinsky!!!

    • buxtehude says:

      M was very much under the influence of Stravinsky at this early stage of his career (1924), despite the high opus #. He was new in Paris and his distinctive voice and works were still many years off.

  • David K. Nelson says:

    Somehow this reminds me that years ago I used to hear Honegger’s entertaining tone poem “Rugby” fairly often on the radio. It seems to have disappeared into thin air. Pacific 231 likewise.