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at Queen's Hall, London
(Sole Lessees, Messrs. Chappell and Co. Ltd.)
The BBC Symphony Orchestra
Leader, Paul Beard
Conducted by SIR HENRY J. WOOD
8.28 Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, for pianoforte and orchestra Rachmaninoff (Solo pianoforte, MOISEIWITSCH)
Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini was begun on July 3, 1934, at the composer's summer retreat on the lake of Lucerne. On August 24 it was completed, and in less than seven weeks Rachmaninoff was in Philadelphia, and, with the co-operation of Stowkowski, his new work had its first reading in the foyer of the Philadelphia Academy of Music. It was first heard in London in March, 1935, at a Philharmonic Concert under Sir Thomas Beecham , with Rachmaninoff as soloist, and since that time it has established itself as one of the most popular of Rachmaninoff's orchestral works. The Rhapsody is in variation form, the theme being the one that Brahms used for his Paganini Variations for piano.
8.53 A Colour Symphony
1 Andante maestoso (Purple). 2 Allegro vivace (Red). 3 Piii lento ma con moto (Blue). 4 Moderato (Green)
(Conducted by THE COMPOSER)
Bliss's ' Colour ' Symphony was composed for the Three Choirs' Festival and was first performed in Gloucester Cathedral in 1922. The idea of using colours to denote the moods of music may appear arbitrarily fanciful rather than significant, but here the scheme is more than usually applicable. For example, one could readily associate the first movement (Purple) with pageantry, royalty, and death ; the second (Red) with revelry, courage, and magic ; the third (Blue) with deep water, skies, loyalty, and melancholy ; and the fourth (Green) with joy, youth, and victory. In 1932, however, Bliss revised the first, second, and fourth movements, but the third movement was left in its original form.
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