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A Symphony Concert in the Free Trade Hall
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Strauss's 'Ein Heldenleben' (A Hero's Life) is played through without a break, though structurally it is made up of six sections, each of which illustrates either the character of the hero or an episode in his life.
Section I: is entitled 'The Hero'.
The music depicts his character, and introduces the theme associated throughout' the work with the hero himself.
Section II: 'The Hero's Opponents'. These are the worldly elements of baseness against which his spirit strives, and, in the end, overcomes.
Section III: 'The Hero's Helpmate'. The ideal helpmate is represented by a solo violin. She is capricious, difficult to woo, but finally surrenders to love. A lyrical and impassioned section. But towards the end of it, the hero's enemies can be heard muttering in the distance, and a blast of trumpets summons him to battle.
Section IV: 'The Hero's Field of Battle'. This is a terrific piece of music, and although the conflict goes on actually only in the hero's mind, there is noise enough for a real battle. Encouraged by his helpmate the hero wins the fight ; his enemies retire and the hero, given breathing space, considers the aftermath.
Section V: 'The Hero's works of Peace'. He reviews the past in the light of his artistic development. It is in this section Strauss introduces a number of extracts from his earlier symphonic poems and operas. It is in this sense that the work is auto-biographical.
Section VI: 'The Hero's Flight from the World and his Self-development '. Despondency and doubt give way to hope and serenity; reminiscences of a stormy life break in on his peace, but love and inward happiness prevail in the end. His task fulfilled and lost in memories, he withdraws from life.
HINDEMITH'S PHILHARMONIC CONCERTO' is in the form of a theme and six variations. These movements are varied in both orchestration, details of which are given in the article referred to below, and tempi. These are as follows:-
The Theme is taken at a tranquil pace; Variation I is moderately fast; Variation II moves serenely; Variation III is in fairly lively time; Variation IV is quiet, but with pronounced movement; Variation V proceeds with slightly more animation, becoming very lively toward the end; Variation VI (the last) is in march time.
(An article, by Edwin Evans, on the complete programme is on page 729.)
The B.B.C. Symphony Orchestra visits Manchester
A SYMPHONY CONCERT IN THE FREE TRADE HALL THIS EVENING AT 7.30 THE B.B.C. SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 119 Players (Leader: Arthur Cattcrall) Conductor, ADRIAN BOULT ARTHUR CATTERALL (violin) Part I. 7.30-8.30 God save the King ORCHESTRA Overture, The Mastersingers .................... Wagner ARTHUR CATTERALL AND ORCHESTRA To'ne Poem, Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life)...... Strauss 8.30. 'During the Interval' Part II. 8.45-9.45 ORCHESTRA - Symphonic Rhapsody, Mai-Dun ................ Ireland Philharmonic Concerto ...................... Hindemith Bolero ........................................ Ravel
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