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S.B. from London.


Conductor: Anderson Tyrer.
Chorus Master: Victor Helliwell.
Tenor: George Dodgson
Contralto: Marjorie Wileman
Baritone: Victor Helliwell

: Overture

" The First Walpurgis Night, Ballad for Chorus and Orchestra, the words by Goethe, the music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy." Such is the translation of the title of this fine composition. The night between April 30th and May 1st is in Germany called the Walpurgis Night, as being dedicated to Walpurga, or Werburga (to whom is dedicated TheCathedral at Chester), a British Saint, a sister of St. Boniface, the Apostle of Germany.
In the popular tradition it is supposed to be the night for great festivals of devils and witches on the mountains of the Hartz. One such, on the Brockon or Blocksberg mountain, forms a part of Goethe's "Faust." The title of "First Walpurgis Night," Goethe's own designation, in the present case doubtless expresses his intention to expose in this poem how the. popular superstition arose out of the use by the old heathen, as masquerade or stratagem, of that which afterwards remained a fixed belief.

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