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No. 5 of Thirty-third Winter Series
Relayed from the Winter Gardens, Bournemouth
THE BOURNEMOUTH MUNICIPAL ORCHESTRA
Conducted by Sir DAN GODFREY
Solo Piano, GORDON BRYAN ; Solo Flute, JEAN GENNIN ; Solo Violin, BERTRAM LEWIS
THE Fifth of the six Concertos commissioned from Bach by the Count Brandenburg employs Strings and three soloists-Piano. Flute, and Violin. (It should be noted that Bach did not really write for the Piano, but that is the keyboard instrument which generally has to be used nowadays.)
It is a work of irresistible high spirits, written in three separate Movements, the First of inexhaustible energy, the Second a tender little meditative Trio for the soloists, and the Third a light-hearted discourse largely upon the gay, song-like tune given out at the beginning by the Violin.
WHEN Beethoven wrote his Eighth Symphony he had many worries, domestic and otherwise. His deafness was creeping upon him, and his health was not good. Yet the artist rises above the troubles of the man, and this music is among the gayest Beethoven ever wrote.
The Symphony is in four Movements. The
First and Last are quite vigorous, and have delightful touches of humour. There is the usual Minuet as Third Movement, and instead of a slow Second Movement, we have one of the most delicious, care-free little pieces imaginable.
Moderately quick; Rather slow, with Simplicity ; Fairly quick
(First Performance at these Concerts)
NOWADAYS composers, the younger men in particular, are producing a good deal of music written for small orchestra. Many are taking pleasure in finding out how the principles of chamber music can be applied to the orchestra, with its dozen or more distinctive voices. Another consideration worth remembering nowadays is that if the music requires only comparatively few players, the chance of its being heard is greater than if a very large force is essential to do it justice.
Lennox Berkeley 's music was first heard at the opening Chenil Galleries B.B.C. Concert of 1926. Mr. Anthony Bernard, who came across this young musician (he is in his early twenties) when he was an undergraduate at Oxford, then performed his Introduction and Dance for chamber orchestra.
The Concertino, in three Movements, is another work for an orchestra consisting of Strings and a few Wind instruments.
At the Pianos :
GORDON BRYAN and VICTOR HELY-HUTCHINSON
(First Performance at these Concerts)
THIS ' Grand Zoological Fantasy ' was written in 1886, as a, joke, for a private concert. In it, Saint-Saens gives musical portraits of fish, flesh and fowl. and indulges in ironical wit. in a little satire upon the human animal.
For some reason he insisted that the work as a whole should not be published until after his death. One Movement escaped the ban. and became extremely popular—the charming "Cello solo entitled The Swan.
The music is piquantly scored for Strings, two
Pianos. Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet. Xylophone and Harmonica (an instrument consisting of metal plates, struck with hammers).
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