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A Popular Concert


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Relayed from the Assembly Room, City Hall
National Orchestra of Wales
Conducted by Warwick Braithwaite

Older listeners will remember the war between Turkey and Serbia which was raging in 1876. A good deal of feeling was aroused among all the Slav races, not least in Russia.
The great Russian pianist, Nicholas Rubinstein, organized a charity concert for the relief of the wounded, and for the occasion Tchaikovsky, who was enthusiastic for the Slavonic cause, wrote this Slavonic March, which, in fact, he sometimes called a 'Russo-Serbian' March.
The opening of the March is very sombre-'in the manner of a funeral march'.
Later, the Russian National Hymn is heard, and the whole ends brilliantly and joyous.
Perhaps it was this sombre opening and joyful ending that made the March such a tremendous success, for people considered that it foretold the victory of the Slavs.


Musicians: National Orchestra of Wales
Orchestra conducted by: Warwick Braithwaite

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