The Radio Quartet
Suite, 'Dance Revels ' - Phillips
Three English Dances - Quilter
Serenade - Toselli
BLUEBELLE McFARLAND (Contralto) A Sheepfold. Song - Landon Ronald
The Shepherd - Hart
From Afar - Cyril Scott
Ritournelle - Chaminade
QUARTET Selection. ' Funny Face ' - Gershwin
Suite, The Pagoda of Flowers ' - Woodforde-Finden, arr. Fleteher
Overture, ' Prometheus,' Op. 43 Symphony, No. 7 in A, Op. 92.
Poco sostenuto, Vivace ; Allegretto ; Presto, Presto meno assai ; Finale, Allegro con brio
THIS Symphony made its appearance first at a concert conducted by Beethoven himself, and consisting entirely of his own works, in Vienna in 1813. The concert was actually organized by Maelzel, remembered now only as the inventor of the metronome, and it included two military marches specially composed by Beethoven for a mechanical instrument of Maelzel's invention, which played them. The Symphony won an immediate success, and the second movement had to be repeated-a tribute but rarely accorded to a symphonic movement on its first appearance.
The Symphony begins, like the second, with a long and elaborate introduction. Beethoven has expanded this with such evident interest and even affection, that it stands out with a great sense of bigness, even among his many big achievements. It leads quite gradually towards the main quick part of the movement, and when it appears it is irresistible in its energy and freshness.
The slow movement, an Allegretto, is built up on a steady march rhythm above which a very beautiful melody is played by the violas and violoncellos together. There is a contrastingly joyous tune in the major played first by the clarinet.
The next movement is in form a Scherzo and Trio, although Beethoven did not call it so. It begins at once with a merry theme, and the tune of the Trio is based, so we are told, on an old pilgrim song which originally came from Austria.
The last movement brims over with wholesome laughter and bustling good spirits. Almost breathless in its haste, it is among the most entirely happy things which Beethoven gave us.