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A Light Orchestral Concert


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Relayed from the National Museum of Wales
BEETHOVEN'S Fidelia had several vicissitudes of fortune before it became a success, and for each new production ho wrote a fresh Overture. One of these exists in two different forms, so we may count Fidelio'8 Overtures as actually five.
The so-called Third Overture (actually the second in order of composition) begins with a short, slow Introduction, and then the vigorous main body of the Overture begins. There are two chief tunes-the very soft and mysteriously-opening one, and a succeeding smoothly-flowing one.
Note the dramatically interrupting Trumpet call in the middle of the Overture (generally performed, in the concert-room, by a player out of sight behind the Orchestra) ; this represents the crucial moment in the play, when the Minister of State appears-just in time to save the hero trom execution.
THE web-spinning of a woman, and the weakness of the strong man when love ensnares him—these are the ideas behind Saint-Saens' piece... It will be remembered that Hercules, as a penance for a crime, had to hire himself out for three years. He took service with Omphale, Queen of Lydia , and worked at her side amongst the women-in so uncouth a manner as to win him many a blow. You may hear in this music the whirl of the wheels, the derision of the Queen, and the sorrow of the enslaved hero.


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A Light Orchestral Concert

5WA Cardiff, 17 September 1928 13.15

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