'IN A GONDOLA'
By Two Voices and a Piano
BROWNING'S poem, 'In a Gondola.' is a strange. romantic, psychological dialogue between two Venstian lovers, whose joy at being together is undershot all through with the dark fear of the Three who suspect them, and whose suspicion may cost the man his life.
What if the Three should catch at last
Thy serenader? While there's cast
Paul's cloak about my head, .and fast
Gian pinions me, Himself has past
His stylet thro' my back ; I reel;
And .... is it Thou
And. even as they are planning their next meeting. and the secret code of signals by which it may be achieved, he is sur. prised and stabbed. So the poem ends on a fine note of pride :-
The Three, I do not scorn
To death, because they never lived ; but I
Have lived indeed, and so-(yet one more kiss)-can die !
Interpreted by EDGAR BAINTON
Sonata in C Minor (Concluded) ; Finale,
Allegro Sonata in E Flat Major, Op. 122 ;
THE ALLEGRO (quick movement) which forms the fourth section of the C minor
Sonata goes off with a gallop and scarcely changes its gait from beginning to end, except for a few bars of crashing chords that intervene on two occasions. But there is plentiful change of key, and the variety of general idea within the one rhythmic idea is kept up throughout long course.
THE SONATA IN E FLAT has none of the emotional or other characteristic traits of the work which has preceded it. It is a more polished type of music. Those who are familiar with the early works of Beethoven will recognize that the FIRST MOVEMENT (fairly quick) of this Sonata shows a certain affinity to their type. The movement as a whole is an example of straightforward Sonata-writing, with the usual two Main Tunes in appropriate contrast.
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