Conducted by the COMPOSER
Relayed to Daventry
BELLA BAILLIE (Soprano) ; ARTHUR Catteraix
(Violin) : THE AUGMENTED STATION ORCHESTRA
Overture to a Comedy
SIR HAMILTON HARTY , who is only forty-seven, has distinguished himself in several departments of musical work.
He first attracted notice as a composer when he gained two composition prizes in the year 1904—one for a Piano Quintet and the other for an Irish Symphony.
Later, he became known as one of the finest of our accompanists, and more recently his post as Conductor of the Hallé Orchestra has brought him still wider fame.
His Comedy Overture, first brought forward at a Promenade Concert in 1907, draws some poetic inspiration from Browning, the composer has said, but what poem or poems inspired it we do not know.
Ode to a Nightingale (With Orchestra)
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D
FIRST heard in 1910. this work has since been rewritten. It is in three Movements, the First bold and full of emotion, the Second slow, at first rather sombre, then impassioned, and the Last sprightly, gay and intensely vital.
1'oem, ' With the Wild Geeso '
THE WILD GEESE was the name Riven to the Irish Brigade in the service of France— a brigade that found its origin in the exiles of the end of the seventeenth century.
At Fontenoy, in 1745, the French (thanks to their Irish Brigade, it is said) beat the English, the Dutch and the Austrians. The legend says that during the night following the battle the bodies of the ' Wild Geese ' rose and flew away, and by dawn the flock was seen on the coast of Ireland.
The course of the music is as follows : (a) A slow Introduction (sad thoughts of the exiles ?) ; (b) A quick Irish tune by the Flutes and another by Flutes and Piccolo (the spirit of Irish adventure?); (c) A quieter passage with its peaceful Oboe tune broken here and there by a touch of military music ; (d) Night music, very quiet, but with an undercurrent of anticipation of the strife of the morrow : (e) A trumpet call, and the Irish tune again, used this time with a suggestion of battle: (f) A final section which suggests the resurrection of the warriors, their flight to Ireland and their apotheosis.
Belayed to London
Bung Cycle, 'Antrim and Donegal'
The Two Houses ; The Little Son; Hush Song ; Hcrrin's in the Buy
An Irish Symphony
SUR HAMILTON HARTY has brought into this work some reminiscences of his youthful days in the north of Ireland, and has used one or two native themes in it. He has given us a description of the scenes he had in mind in writing each of the four Movements of the Symphony.
Tho FIRST MOVEMENT is entitled Oti the Shores of Lough Neagh. The principal subject is adapted from the traditional song Avenging and bright. The second tune hints at an old ballad called The Croppy Boy.
SECOND MOVEMENT. The Fair Day. This
Movement is in the shape of an Irish reel derived from a merry stune called Blackberry Blossom. with which alternates the marching tune An Spailpin Fanach (The Wandering Labourer), better known in this country as The Girl I Left Behind Me.
THIRD MOVEMENT. In the Antrim Hills.
Here are memories of a ' wake ' and the lament of the mourners for a dead girl.
The lament is based on a sad tune, Jemmy moveela sthor—a girl's 'sorrowful moan' for her absent lover. A second tune is more tranquil. The general mood of the Movement is not so much tragic as dreamy and wistful.
FOURTH MOVEMENT. The Twelfth of July.
This is the day on which ' 'all the Protestant North celebrates the Battle of the Boyne.' We have a vivid depiction of the drums and flutes, of the quarrelling and fighting. A funeral procession passes bearing the body of the girl of whose ' wake ' we had a remembrance in the third Movement. The chief tune is ' The Boyne Water.'