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The Wireless Military Band


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Few musicians ever had so adventurous a career as William Wallace, composer of Maritana. His father was a military bandmaster and the young Wallace was born in Waterford, Ireland, in 1812. He very quickly became a good player not only of violin and pianoforte, but of the clarinet, and was only seventeen when he was given a church organist's post. He gave it up, within a year, however, the violin attracting him more. In 1834 he played a violin concerto of his own in Dublin, with such success that he might have looked forward to a prosperous career in that line. But his health gave way and ho went to Australia in the hope of warding off a threatening, lung trouble. Sheep farming was nominally his job there, but he continued to play his violin, not only as a recreation, but in concerts. Australia, however, failed to hold him either to his farming or his fiddle, and for some years he wandered over many parts of the world, experiencing such vicissitudes as earthquakes, battles between rival South American States, and even a narrow escape from the clutches of a tiger. But everywhere he went his reputation as a violinist was enhanced.
By 1845 he was in London, and someone seems to have suggested to him that he should compose an opera. Maritana was the result; it appeared near the end of 1845 and was an immediate and assured success. It has ever since maintained its hold on the popular affections, although Wallace himself wrote other and better works afterwards.


Musicians: The Wireless Military Band
Conductor: Charles Leggett
Tenor: Ridgway West
Baritone: Clement Russell

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