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Chamber Music

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JOHN ARMSTRONG (Tenor)
THE CATTERALL STRING QUARTET :
ARTHUR CATTERALL (Violin)
LAURANCE TURNER (Violin)
JOHN FRY (Viola)
HERBERT WITKERS (Violoncello)
RAYMOND JEREMY (Viola 11) QUARTET and RAYMOND JEREMY
HUGO WOLF was a great song-writer.
He composed two operas and some small amount of music in other forms, but it is on his fame as a song-writer-many people think as the greatest of all song-writers-that he lives.
He had something of the temperament of Schubert in his capacity for work. When the fit was on him he would compose songs in great number at great speed-two or three a week for months on end. In two years he wrote two hundred, almost without stopping, and then. as though exhausted and empty of all ideas, he composed nothing for three whole years.
That was the way he worked-at fever heat for weeks on end, scarcely stopping to eat and sleep, then utter lethargy till the beginning of the next fit. For example, these songs set to words by the poet Heyse are published in two volumes. The first volume contains twenty-two songs, written almost at a sitting, or, at any rate, without a break. Then the fit passed and Heyse was not opened for five years, at the end of which time the book of poems was taken up again and a second volume was composed in the same manner as the first.
An erratic, restless mode of life and a morbid strain of paralysis brought Wolf first to a mental asylum and later to an early death at the age of forty-two. That was nearly thirty years ago, and it takes at least that time for genius to take root and grow in public esteem. There are signs that the genius of Hugo Wolf is just about to flower.

Contributors

Tenor: John Armstrong
Violin: Arthur Catterall
Violin: Laurance Turner
Viola: John Fry
Viola: Herbert Witkers
Viola: Raymond Jeremy
Viola: Raymond Jeremy
Unknown: Hugo Wolf
Unknown: Hugo Wolf

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