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The BBC Northern Ireland Orchestra


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Leader, Philip Whiteway
Conductor, Walton O'Donnell
Elizabeth Sheridan (soprano)
William Wallace 's symphonic poem ' Villon ' is an orchestral commentary upon passages from the poems of Villon, a French poet of the fifteenth-century. In England he has found a large number of translators, including Swinburne and Rossetti.
The symphonic poem falls into four sections. The first is in the form of a scherzo which represents Villon's wayward nature. The second is a slow movement which suggests the famous Ballade of Dead Ladies '. The third is based upon another ballade ' made at the request of the poet's mother to pray to
Nostre-Dame'. The last section reflects the riotous call of Paris, an echo of past youth, back again to the gaiety of Paris, and then the chime of a clock and, as darkness falls, the prayer is heard and the music ends peacefully.


Leader: Philip Whiteway
Conductor: Walton O'Donnell
Soprano: Elizabeth Sheridan
Unknown: Elizabeth Sheridan
Unknown: William Wallace
Unknown: Elizabeth Sheridan

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The BBC Northern Ireland Orchestra

National Programme Daventry, 9 August 1939 13.45

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