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A String Orchestral Concert


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(From Birmingham)
Conducted by Joseph LEWIS
A DAM CARSE studied both in Germany and at the Royal Academy of Music, London, winning the Macfarren Scholarship and many other prizes there. Much of his busy life has been devoted to teaching pianoforte and composition, and he has added very largely to the music available for pianoforte students. He has, however, composed in more important vein, and many of his orchestral works have been heard in London.
These Variations, for String Orchestra, make it clear that he knows well how much varied interest can be won from strings alone, without the aid of the orchestral winds. The tune is first very simply presented, and then a flowing variation follows in the same quiet meditative spirit. A lively and vigorous one succeeds; beginning strongly, it makes way for a quiet little reminder of the tune, in the middle. The next variation is in waltz measure, dainty and gracious, and a more sprightly rhythm comes after it. Then there is a change to minor, with a sombre version of the tune beginning in the basses, and the piece comes to an end with a brisk two in the bar, worked out at rather more length than the earlier variations.
IN the early eighteenth century, Vivaldi was a leading figure in the Italian
. world of music, and both as violinist and as composer of sacred music, left his mark on the music of a good many generations to come. For many years he was in charge of the music at one of the four great schools which gave Venice of that day a pro-eminent place in European music. The pupila were all religious novices and the choir and orchestra in each was composed entirely of girls. Dr. Burney, in one of his letters from Venice, writes of such a school as nightingales who poured balm into my wounded ears.'
Vivaldi's music was counted as of such im. portance that the great Bach himself studied it thoroughly and transcribed no fewer than sixteen of his concertos for pianoforte and four for organ, besides the one which he re-arranged as a great piece for four pianofortes and strings.


Conducted By: Joseph Lewis

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