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Conducted by Tom MORGAN DOROTHY PENN (Soprano)
GILBERT BAILEY (Baritone) (Soloist, R. W. HARDY> )


Conducted By: Tom Morgan
Soprano: Dorothy Penn
Baritone: Gilbert Bailey
Soloist: R. W. Hardy>


: Ronald Gourley at the Piano. ' The Dreadful Griffin ' (Michael Fairland). 'One Good Turn ' (H. Wedgwood Belfield)


Sung by ROGER CLAYBON (Tenor)
Goethe Songs :
Ob der Koran von Ewigkeit sei ? (Is the Koran from Eternity ?)
So lang man nüchtern ist (So long as man is sober)
Frech und Froh (Bold and Gay)
Komm, Liebchen. komm (Come, dearest, come) Der Rattenfanger (The Ratcatcher)
THE first song, one of a set of poems concerned with the East, is the musing of a Moslem believer about the Koran. Whencesoever it came, it is, he declares, the wine of eternity, whereby he who drinks is always refreshed, and can see God anew.
The second song, from the same set of poems,
Bets forth a philosophy of drinking : so long as man is sober, the bad is pleasing to him; when he has drunk, he understands the right-suoh is the argument. The philosopher goes on to say that ' if one cannot drink, one cannot love.'
There are two lively songs entitled Bold and gay.
The first of these (the longer one) is an easy-going man's outlook on life. To hobnob with folk you like, to enjoy girl*' society, to have more credit than money, to have as easy and as good a time as you can, to take everything philosophically and be cheery and happy-that is the way to get through life.
In the second Bold and gay song the speaker declare* that he disdains the panga of love, its tender lamentations and sweet pains. Ha likes the brisk and joyous side of love, and end 'Maiden, give your young heart no pain, but only joy! '
The words of Come, dearest. come, are another Eastern poem, in which the concluding thought runs ' With jewels and pearls the eye is enraptured. The most beautiful dress is always muslin.'
The Ratcatcher is clearly a relative of our old friend the Pied Piper. He singe his own praises, mentioning that he is a childcatcher too, who can control the most unruly child when he sings to it, and can bewitch the women as well.


Sung By: Roger Claybon


In Items from his Repertoire


FOR the Ballet The Men of Prometheus, produced in Vienna in 1801, Beethoven wrote this Overture and a number of incidental pieces.
The music is naturally not that of the Composer's full maturity (he was only thirty-one when he wrote it), but it has plenty of vivid life and attractive grace.
It commences with a slow Introduction, in which Beethoven repeats an effect he had made in his First Symphony a year before—choosing a discord, out of the key, as the very first chord of the piece.
Immediately after the loud opening ban we hear a grave, tender melody, which doe* not continue long, for the First Main Tune of the Overture proper breaks in impetuously. The Second Main Tune soon follows. and there is a romantic episode soon afterwards.
The Composer ' develops ' and ' recapitulates ' this material, and ends the work with a lively Coda.


Conducted By: John Ansell

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