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Conductor, Sir DAN GODFREY
VERA TOWSEY (Pianoforte)
Relayed from The Pavilion, Bournemouth
(First Performance in England)
(From Bournemouth)
Vaughan Williams considers that a better title for his London Symphony ' would perhaps be "Symphony by a Londoner " ; that is to say, the life of London (including, possibly, its various sights and sounds) has suggested to the composer an attempt at musical expression, but it would be no help to the hearer to describe these in words.' Londoners and those who know London well will find no difficulty in recognising various well-known sounds of tho city which the music so cleverly and subtly suggests; for instance, the Westminster chimes that appear on the clarinet and harp thirty-one bars after the opening of the first movement and again on the harp in the last few bars of the fourth movement before the Epilogue; then there is a lavender-seller's call, and the sound of the bells that used to be fastened to the horses of hansom cabs.
The music of Victor Vreuls is not well known in England, but it is highly esteemed in France and Walloon. Vreuls was born at Verviers in 1876, and studied at the local school of music. He then went to the Liege Conservatoire and remained there until when he moved on to Paris and finished his studies under the late Vincent D'Indy. As a composer be has been largely associated with the theatre, but he also has a number of orchestral and chamber works to his credit, which to a certain extent show the influence of Cesar Franck.


Dan Godfrey
Vera Towsey
Vaughan Williams
Victor Vreuls
Vincent D'Indy.
Cesar Franck.

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