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Mendelssohn Programme


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(Section D)
Symphony No. 4 in A (The Italian)
Allegro vivace ; Andante ; Con moto moderato ; SaltareUo
IN his letters from Italy Mendelssohn referred more than once to this Symphony, which ho felt sure was to be among the brightest and most joyous of all his music.
The first movement is certainly full of exhilaration and the first main tune is heard at the outset with real animation ; the second theme, appearing after some development of the first, is no less buoyant
For some reason which no one knows, the second movement is always called ' The Pilgrims' March.' -.The first part. of the movement is certainly serene and almost grave as compared with the vivacity of the other three, and the introductory bars have been spoken of as ' a call to prayer.' In the second part of the movement clarinets have a fine theme and the movement ends with a return to the first subject.
The customary Scherzo movement is here rather liko a Minuet, in moderate time, with a gracious tune played by tho strings. In the middle (' Trio ') section there is a strong phrase played by horns and bassoons, to which violins, and afterwards flutes, reply.
The last movement is in Tarantelle rhythm. hurrying along at strenuous speed. There are three themes, all played by the strings, all in the same Saltarello measure, and though, towards the end, there is a. more meditative tune played by woodwinds, it is the energy and good spirits of the dance rhythm which mainly prevail. CHORUS
Part Songs:
On the Sea
Early Spring Departure Hunting Song
Nocturne and Scherzo (A Midsummer
Night's Dream)
ROSALIND ROWSELL , Chorus and Orchestra
Psalm 95; Come, let us sing
Y 1838, his thirtieth year, Mendelssohn was in constant demand both at home and abroad. His regular task was conducting the Gowandhaus Concerts in Leipzig, playing pianoforte, too, when occasion demanded, and under his guidance the standard of performance was. steadily reaching a higher pitch of excellence than over. He conducted the Lower Rhine Festival that year, and made the occasion memorable by insisting on the inclusion of a Bach Cantata, practically unknown then to Bach's fellowcountrymon. It was in 1838, also, that his eldest son was bom, and that he presented his young wife (they had been married only a year) to his own family in Berlin. The amazing thing is that ho had any time for composition at all, and yet that spring and summer he produced much fine music, of which this psalm is only one example. It has always been a favourite piece of his sacred music, and at least two parts of it—For His is the Sea and 0 come, let us worship—are often sung separately.


Soprano: Mary Hamlin
Soprano: Rosalind Rowsell
Conducted By: Stanford Robinson
Unknown: Mary Hamlin
Unknown: Rosalind Rowsell

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