Conducted by PETER MONTGOMERY
CLIFTON HELLIWELL (pianoforte)
When Weber was scarcely more than a boy he was given the post of conductor of the Opera of Breslau. Within a year, at the age of eighteen, he had made his third attempt at opera, composing some numbers to a libretto called Iiubezahl, written by the manager of the theatre. The story was of the usual romantic-fantastic type common at that period, and Weber had the patience to set to music only three numbers of the opera, including an overture. He then forgot all about it for six years, but later on holiday in Switzerland he looked again at the MS. of the overture, found it good, re-titled it Beherrscher der Geister, and conducted it on his return to Vienna at a brilliantly successful concert on an easily remembered date, November nth, 1811.
In this second suite from Music to a Child's Play, the first movement, a march, is the longest and most elaborately worked out. In Little Bells actual bells are included. In the third movement we are to suppose the Moths and Butterflies dancing in the sun, and :n the fourth, Fountain Dance, the sparkling water is vividly presented to us. Although in the fifth movement
The Tame Bear is for the most part well-mannered, we are here and there reminded that he is, nevertheless, a bear and can still growl ; The Wild Bears bring the suite to an end with great energy.
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