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THE BBC ORCHESTRA

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(Section E)
Led by Laurance Turner
Conductor, Sir Adrian Boult
Adila Fachiri (violin)
' Ingrid's Lament ' forms the Prelude to Act 2 of Ibsen's play. The music opens with a four-bar strongly accented phrase (allegro furioso), : followed by three bars of chords (andante) for trumpets and horns over a drum roll which suggests Ingrid's anger. After these seven bars have been repeated the strings announce a broad and sombre - melody, denoting Ingrid's sorrow, which is worked up to a climax. A return to the opening furioso section < rounds off the piece.
The ' Arabian Dance ' is used in Act 4. Peer's wanderings bring him to an Arab camp, where he poses as a prophet. He is enchanted with the graceful beauty of the chieftain's daughter, Anitra, who with her maidens sings and dances to him. One of these dances is the Arabian Dance, the wood-wind playing the theme while the strings, brass, and percussion reiterate the rhythm.
Act 5 describes how Peer, now an old man, is on board a ship that is % ploughing its way through a mighty storm to the Norwegian coast. ' The ' Return of Peer Gynt ' is a fine piece : of tone painting that forms a back- ground to the storm.
'Solveig's Song ' is introduced in a short episode towards the end of Act 4. The scene is a hut in the Norwegian forest where Solveig is awaiting Peer's return. She is sitting at her spinning-wheel and she sings this wistful air, which is delicately scored for flutes, clarinets, horns, harp, and strings.

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Conductor: Laurance Turner
Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult
Violin: Adila Fachiri

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