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THE BBC ORCHESTRA

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(Section E)
Led by Laurance Turner
Conducted by Joseph Lewis
Norman Walker (bass)
Felix White 's ' Meditation ', to be given its first broadcast this evening, is his fourth orchestral work.
Planned first in 1911, it was revised in 1920, and was produced by Sir Dan Godfrey at Bournemouth in 1923, since when it has been unheard. The form is that of a symphonic slow movement. There are two well-defined broad cantabile subjects, both given out by the violins, the first one in the lower register, while the second—marked ' with exultation '-is more soaring in character. Most of the development section is devoted to this second subject. When both themes have been restated in amplified form, a climax is reached, and shortly after the music ends quietly.
In this second suite from ' Music to a Child's Play ', the first movement, a march, is the longest and most elaborately worked out. In ' Little
Bells' actual bells are included. In the third movement we are to suppose the ' Moths and Butterflies ' dancing in the sun, and in the fourth, ' Fountain Dance ', the sparkling water is vividly presented to us. Although in the fifth movement ' The Tame Bear ' is for the most part well-mannered, we are here and there reminded that he is, nevertheless, a bear and can still growl ; ' The Wild Bears' bring the suite to an end with great energy.

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Unknown: Laurance Turner
Conducted By: Joseph Lewis
Bass: Norman Walker
Unknown: Felix White
Unknown: Dan Godfrey

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