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SYMPHONY CONCERT.

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THE WIRELESS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, conducted by Sir LANDON RONALD
Pmt 1. THE faun is a sort of minor god Pan, a rural half-deity, the upper part that of a man, with horns, and the lower part that of a goat, with hoofs and tail. He is resting slumberously in the heat of the day, and half dreaming. There drift through his mind thoughts of the Nymphs ho has pursued with his affections : he reflects on the woods, the pools and the meadows where he has sought them, and, at last. vaingloriously and sacrilegiously, he wonders whether the timo may not come when upon the slopes of Etna he may perhaps meet the great goddess Venus herself. With a start he realizes his sacrilege, and dreads punishment. This piece of Debussy exhibits at its highest development his ' impressionistic ' manner. It is all very vague and indefinite and hazy, as the picture of a summer afternoon should be. It glows with sunlight and palpitates with heat. The orchestral colouring is wonderfully delicate; the thought extremely poetical.
THE Eighth Symphony, the shortest of all -L Beethoven's works in that form (if we except the early First one), is full of lively good spirits. It shows how the great artist rises above unfavourable conditions. At the time he wrote it Beethoven had a lot of worry about the domestic affairs of his younger brother. His general health was not good, and, worst of all, deafness was creeping upon him. Yet he never wrote a gayer work than this. The Symphony is in four Movements. The
First and Last are quite vigorous, and have delightful touches of humour. There is the usual Minuet as Third Movement, and instead of a slow Second Movement, we have one of the most delicious, care-free little pieces imaginable.
COUNTRY folk in Elizabethan days danced the hey (or ' hay '), a lively measure. having something of the style and jollity of the reel. Constable Dull, in Love's Labour Lost, says : ' I will make one in a dance, or so ; or I will play the Tabor to the Worthies, and let them dance the Hey.' Sheplierd's Hey is still a popular folk-dance.
Percy Grainger, in this effective Orchestral arrangement, has peppered and salted it ' to taste.'

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