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Relayed from THE QUEEN'S HALL, LONDON
(Sole Lessees, Messrs. Chappell and Co., Ltd.)
THE B.B.C. SYMPHONY
(Principal First Violin, CHARLES
Conducted by Sir HENRY WOOD
Variations on a Theme of Haydn
THIS work, one of the mosi delightful of the few really famous sets of orchestral variation is composed of a theme, eight variations upon it, and the finale The theme itself is taken from a Divertimento by Haydn for wind instruments, which will be printed for the first time in the collected edition of Haydn's works. This would seem to indicate that, with the exception of this theme, there is not much in it worth printing.
For some unknown reason,
Haydn called this Divertimento the Chorale St. Antonii. The melody Is simple enough, but as Brahms has proved, full of immense possibilities. One critic has said of it that it is ' filled with a kind of intimate solemnity, as though it had been written for the golden wedding of some noble pair.' This may be so, but it will have different meanings for different people, or, better still, no meaning at all. It is just a serene melody, part of it peculiarly constructed in a five-bar rhythm, with a supremely satisfying cadence of which Brahms makes the utmost. For the rest, the music speaks very eloquently for itself.
ORREA PERNEL, LAURI KENNEDY and Orchestra Concerto in A Minor for Violin, Violoncello and Orchestra
1. Allegro; 2 Andante; 3. Vivace non troppo
Symphony No. 1 in C Minor
1. Poco sostenuto, Allegro ; 2. Andante sostenuto ; 3. Uh poco Allegretto; 4. Adagio, Più Andante, Allegro moderate
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