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(Conducted by the COMPOSER)
THE Hungarian Psalm was written in 1923 for a festival concert held during the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of Buda and Pest as a single municipality.
The words are a treatment of the fifty-fifth Psalm (one setting of which is already familiar to most of us — Mendelssohn's Hear my Prayer.) To the psalm the sixteenth-century poet-preacher, Michael Veg , added commentaries, which the chorus sings, whilst David's lament is sung by the tenor soloist.
After a short orchestral introduction, 'rather slow and impassioned,' the choir begins to tell of the psalmist's sorrow because of the defiance of foes and the betrayals of his friends. Then the soloist utters David's cry to God, ' Lord, in Thy mercy hear : I cry to Thee, do not forsake me..... Great is my danger, and I stand alone With two brief choral interludes of a few bars (in the second of which a choir of boys' voices is marked for optional use), the soloist goes on, in a paraphrased form of the psalm, to deplore the greed of men and their baseness towards one another ; and these are not enemies, from whom lie could have expected wickedness, but his own friends. In an access of righteous anger, he begs ' May Thy hand smite them ! ' The chorus, at full power, now sings a short wordless passage— upon a vowel-sound only, and then joins with the soloist in a prayer : ' Lord, I implore thee ... let none oppress me, grant me protection, mercifully save me.'
There comes now a slow interlude, in which the Harp, Flute, and Clarinet are prominent, and the Strings are divided into a. great many parts.
Then the soloist takes up a now strain, with 'Now does new courage enter my sad soul, God will ... drive away all care.'
The Choir enters : ' Lord God Almighty, stern is Thy justice. Thy wrath shall visit lawless transgressors.' The (optional) chorus of children's voices is again introduced at None but the righteous shall find salvation,' and an Organ part is added. After a climax at the description of the Lord's anger against those who defy Him, the work ends with a joyful section telling of the reward of him who has been tried and found worthy. Life everlasting will be his guerdon, and in Thy Kingdom on Thee will he rejoice.' The brief epilogue, for choir and lower Strings only, is sung to the words ' Thus spake King David, thus it is written, One of the faithful has now transcribed it. May it bring solace, strengthen. all Christian hearts.'

Sonata for 'Cello and String Orchestra . Prelude; Allemande; Sarabande ; Gigue - Corelli, arr. Bottermund
9 25 PARRY JONES and Orchestra Lensky's Aria (' Eugene Onegin ') - Tchaikovsky
Field-Marshal Death - Mussorgsky
9.35 ORCHESTRA In the Steppes of Central Asia - Borodin
9.45 HANS BOTTERMUND Kol Nidrei - Bruch
9.55 ORCHESTRA Little Suite - Debussy
10.5 PARRY JONES, THE WIRELESS CHORUS, and ORCHESTRA Psalmus Hungaricus (Hungarian Psalm) - Kodaly


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