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Conducted by JOHN ANSELL DJAMILEH, a one-act light Opera, was the first work for the stage that Bizet wrote after the war of 1870. It was not a success, for though Bizet felt that he had been happily inspired, he realised that, as he said, the piece was ' too far removed from the conventions of the Opera Comique.' ' Whatever happens,' he added, , I am content to return to the path that I should never have left, and that I shall never forsake again.'
The Opera was withdrawn after only ten performances.
The plot of Djamileh concerns tho love of an Egyptian girl for Haroun, a profligate of Cairo, who purchases a new slave every month. After appearing before him as one of these slaves, Djamileh wins his favour.
DELIBES made his name as a successful composer of Ballets and short Comic
Operas. Sylvia was the successor to his extremely successful first Ballet Coppelia, but there was a gap of six years between the two, for the Franco-German war of 1870 broke out a few weeks after Coppelia was produced.
Tchaikovsky, who wrote some admirable Ballet music himself, once said of Sylvia. My Swan Lake is poor stuff compared to that.' BRETON (1850-1923) was a Spaniard, who rose from a very humble place in life to be a leading Conductor and Director of the Royal Conservatoire of Music at Madrid. He began at the age of ten to earn his living by playing in cafe orchestras. Later, when lie became well known as a Conductor, he introduced many new works to Spain, not without difficulty. There was a good deal of artistic conservatism in his day, if we may judge from the fact that Saint-Saens' Vance of Death (Danse Macabre) was frowned upon by a prominent Orchestra.
He worked hard to establish a Spanish National Opera, writing and lecturing on the subject and composing many works dealing with sides of life familiar to his countrymen. HAMISH MACCUNN'S untimely death in 1916, at the age of forty-eight, deprived us of a composer who responded finely to the influences of his nationality. His Tone Poems based on Scots subjects, and his Operas, Jeanie Deans and Diarmid, show delicacy, insight, and a power of graphic expression. His Concert Overture, Land of the Mountain and the Flood, written while MacCunn was a student at the Royal College of Music, has as a motto the familiar pasaage from Scott's Lady of the Lake, beginning, ' '0 Caledonia, stern and wild, meet nurse for a poetic child! '
The typically Scots First Main Tune comes at once, on the 'Cellos.
A new Clarinet phrase leads, through various keys, to the Second Main Tune, like an old love-ballad .
These subjects aro worked up into a romantic and exhilarating celebration in music of the beauties of the composer's native land. HENRY HADLEY (born 1871) is one of the most prolific American composers of to-day. He has written Symphonies, Operas, Cantatas, Chamber pieces and many other kinds of music-over a hundred works in all. A number of these have won prizes offered by American patrons of music.


Conducted By: John Ansell
Unknown: Henry Hadley

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