THE AUGMENTED Station ORCHESTRA. conducted by T. H. MORRISON
A T twenty-eight, when he wrote this Overture. Sullivan had already achieved a fine command both of the Orchestra and of that knack of writing gay tunes that has so endeared him to us all. He wrote few pieces more spirited than this, even in the Comic Operas-and that is saying a good deal.
After a short Introduction, there begins a very rhythmical leaping dance-tune (started by the First Violins-chief accompaniment, Horns). This tune holds sway for some time. being given to most instruments in turn. including Flute and Piccolo. Later, there follow several waltz-tunes. Towards the end, the dancers break into a Galop.
RADAMES. the hero of the Opera, has been appointed Leader of the Egyptian Army against the Ethiopians. Aida, a slave of the King's daughter, loves him; but she is the daughter of the Ethiopian King. so is moved by opposing affections.
After the Egyptians have sent Radames off with acclamations and wishes for his safe return; she is left nlone. repeating their words. ' Return victorious." and calling upon Heaven to pity her distress.
T ISZT'S First Concerto had a distinguished send-off, for at its first performance, in 1855, he himself played the Solo part and Berlioz conducted.
It has three Movements (the first comprising a quiet and a slow section). all of which are joined together ; and some of the chief themes appear in more than one Movement.
FIRST MOVEMENT (Quick, with majesty).
The First Main Tune is given out by the Full Orchestra. After a quieter section for the Piano, the slow Second Main Tune is heard in the Strings, gently rising and falling. before being given out by the Solo instrument. The Flute, and immediately after it the Clarinet, have a Third Tune (which is to be heard again in the Last Movement).
SECOND MOVEMENT. (Fairly quick, vivacious).
The Triangle is much used here. It introduces a new Main Tune, which Strings expound. This Movement, in a gay and capricious spirit. leads again without interruption into the THIRD MOVEMENT (Quick, martial, animated)'
Beginning with the Slow melody we heard before, we have next the Flute's Third Tune. and changed but quite recognizable versions of the melody of the vivacious Movement. This last .part sums up and re-presents the foregoing material.
THE sights and sounds of Italy, which country
Mendelssohn visited when he was twenty-one, inspired this Symphony. It has four Movements.
First we have a quick and active Movement, full of youthful joy.
Next follows a rather slow, steadily-moving piece, often called ' The Pilgrim's March ' — though Mendelssohn never gave it that name.
The Third Movement is a graceful light Minuet.
The Finale was, like the First Movement, written in Rome. It perhaps represents the spirit of the Mid-Lent Carnival which Mendelssohn saw when he was there. At any rate, its chief tunes are all typical lively Italian dance-tunes.
THE BAND OF THE 4TH BATT. THE LOYAL
REGIMENT (North Lancashire)
(By kind permission of Col. H. PARKER and Officers)
Bandmaster : J. GREEN
FORMED so recently as in 1923, the Glen
Male Voice Quartet has come steadily to the fore. It has won success in many festivat competitions, and now makes its first appearance before the microphone. '
Characteristic Piece, ' In a Monastery Garden '
Selection, 'Reminiscences of Verdi'. .arr. Godfrey
The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls ........ Carse In Absence ................... Dudley Buck Night .............................. Schubert
Cradle .Song from Jocelyn ............ Godard
(Solo Cornet : Corpt. W. SWIFT)
Czardas, ' Dernier Amour ' . .Gung'l
Foresters, Sound the Cheerful Horn Bishop 0 Peaceful Night ! German The Little Church .................. Becker
Regimental March, ' My Love is like a Red, Red
Rose ' (' Monsieur Beaucaire ')