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MARYAN ELMAR (Soprano). THE WIRELESS
ORCHESTRA, conducted by JOHN ANSELL
THE Composer of this Overture spent much
-L of his childhood at sea, and passed his youth among ships and seamen. Wo are told that the work ' 'doals with seamen rather than the sea. and is in some measure a tribute to one particular ship's company, of happy memory.' It ' owes something to their courage, good humour and love of sentiment ' ; and at the close there is a memory of their gallant death, in the war.
The Overture treats a number of soa songs— the halliards shanty Blow the inan down (on tho Horns, as the .second tune of the piece), tho fore-sheet shanty Haul away, Joe (Violins in octaves, Foon after this), a traditional sea song, The Maid of Amsterdam (Oboe and other Woodwind, very softly), then Admiral Benbow (four Horns), and the well-known Shenandoah ('Cellos). After the development of these ideas, the music takes on a note of foreboding and then rises to :t menace. The last mood is that of a requiem, and the work ends with a last hint of Shenandoah.
THIS is one of Tchaikovsky's early works
(written in 1869, when he was twenty-nine years old). It is called a ' Fantasy-Overture,' but is really a. ' Tone Poem,' an attempt to reproduce in music some of the emotions of Shakespeare's play.
, The opening (Clarinet and Bassoon) is a sort of church chant, suggesting Friar Lawrence and the marriage solemnity in his cell. A little later comes some vigorous music suggestive of the fight between the Montagues and Capulcts, and then a graceful, attractive tune (Cor Anglais, with accompaniment for muted Violas) that obviously represents the element of love.
These are three of the main tunes out of which the piece is inade. The Composer did not label them, as has been done here, but the interpretations given are reasonable, and will probably be approved by most hearers.
Note that tho work does not make any attempt to tell the story of the play, but merely strives to represent its spirit.
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