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THE BBC ORCHESTRA

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(Section D)
Led by Marie Wilson
Conducted by Richard Austin
Muriel Brunskill (contralto)
Don Juan was first performed in 1889 at Weimar, while its composer was conductor of the Court Orchestra there, and was enthusiastically received. In its design Don Juan adheres fairly closely to the rondo of classical sonatas and symphonies, and in the varied forms in which the chief themes return, we can follow the adventures of the Don in his crazy search for his ideal of incarnate womanhood. There are four principal themes heard at the outset, all glowing with the youthful ardour of the quest. These are set forth and developed at some length, to form the first section of the work.
The second section of the poem, which is quoted in the score, tells of disillusionment. That is set before us in the music no less vividly than the zest and youthful vigour of the first part, the principal theme of which reappears. It introduces the closing section, representing the tragedy with which Lenau's poem comes to an early end-Don Juan's death and his despair in realising that life has lost its charm for him, that nothing is left but the cold and dark ash-strewn hearth.'

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Unknown: Marie Wilson
Conducted By: Richard Austin
Contralto: Muriel Brunskill
Unknown: Don Juan
Design: Don Juan

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