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THE WIRELESS MILITARY BAND

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Conductor, B. WALTON O'DONNELL
NORMAN WILLIAMS (Baritone)
IT. was not the intention of Berlioz's father to permit bis son to follow a. musical profession. , Hector was to be a doctor like his father, and the boy's education till he was twenty was. directed to that end. Consequently, when he did break away and left the medical school to enter the Conservatoire, he had to make up for lost time. He did so and studied with such feverish eagerness that within seven years he had won the highest award France can offer a young musician, the Prix de Rome. And yet during the whole time he was at the Conservatoire he was studying under the most painful difficulties. His parents would have nothing to do with their passionate, rebellious son, nor did his teachers care to. Yet he kept his heart, stuck grimly to his purpose, and because he was absolutely without means he joined the chorus at a small theatre and supported himself and paid his fees out of the meagre salary he received. But in these seven years he had written a great deal of experimental music, some of which has not only survived but has taken its place with his later and maturer work. The Overture which was composed in 1827 is an effective example of his early work.
THE father of Johan Svendsen (1840-
1911) was a military bandmaster in Christiana, consequently, like young Sullivan, who had also the good fortune to be the son of a bandmaster, Svendsen picked up before he was twelve more than has many a student at twice that age. He was in the Army for a few years and became himself a bandmaster in his teens. Svendsen did not compose a great deal, and that nearly all in his early manhood. He was a busy conductor and teacher, and, driven hard by these tyrannical professions. he had less and less time for composition and presently none at all.

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Conductor: B. Walton O'Donnell
Baritone: Norman Williams
Unknown: Johan Svendsen

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