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The British Women's Symphony Orchestra

on Regional Programme London

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Leader, Elizabeth Hunt
Conductor, Boyd Neel
Eileen Joyce (pianoforte) See the article by Ernest Hayward on page 15

Vincent d'Indy's 'Symphony on a Mountaineer's Song', which was composed in 1886, is full of charming singable folk and folk-like melodies which are worked out deftly and with great interest to the musician. The orchestral texture is a model of clarity, and the colouring is both delicate and brilliant. And the rich variety of rhythm and mood are qualities that are strikingly attractive.
Scored for a large modern orchestra, including a brilliant and expressive piano part (which is a solo in the symphonic, not the concerto, sense of the term), this work is divided into three movements. The opening theme of the first movement played by the cor anglais over muted strings is the Mountaineer's Song, and it forms a kind of ' key-theme ' for the whole work. The slow movement is an exquisite pastoral lay, and the last movement is one of the merriest things in orchestral music. Those who delight in syncopation have a clever example here of its use in building up a swiftly-moving and scintillating ending.

Contributors

Leader:
Elizabeth Hunt
Conductor:
Boyd Neel
Pianoforte:
Eileen Joyce

Regional Programme London

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Regional Programme is a radio channel that started transmitting on the 9th March 1930 and ended on the 9th September 1939. It was replaced by BBC Home Service.

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