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Conducted by Clarence Raybould. Eda Kersey (violin)
Just as Bliss's ballet Checkmate -exploits a game of chess, so Stravinsky's Jeu de Cartes exploits a game of poker. To quote from the summary of the action published in the piano .score : At each deal the situation is complicated by the endless guiles of the perfidious Joker,, who believes himself invincible because of his ability to become any desired card. During the first deal one of the players is beaten, but the other two remain with even * straights ', the fact that one of them holds the Joker giving him no advantage. In the second deal, the hand that holds the Joker is Victorious, thanks to four Aces, who easily beat four Queens. Now comes the third deal. The action becomej more and more acute. This time it is a struggle between three ' flushes '. Although at first victorious over one adversary, the Joker, strutting at the head of .a sequence of Spades, is beaten by f
Royal Flush ' in Hearts.
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