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SMETANA was the first man who caused tho outside world to take notice of the music of Bohemia (now Czecho-Slovakia). Three years ago his countrymen celebrated the centenary of his tirth by holding a great Smetana Festival at Prague.
The Bartered Bride, the second of his eight
Operas, turns on an old situation-a girl's loving one man in spite of her parent's choosing another as her husband. Of course, all comes right in the end. The plot is worked out in a gay spirit, and the Overture hits that off delightfully.
TULIEN, a Parisian artist, falls in love with Louise, a working girl. Her parents will not let her marry a man of so happy-go-lucky a profession, as they think it, so the lovers run away together to Montmartre. There, in their charming little garden overlooking Paris, Louise sings this song, telling Julien how much happier she is with him than toiling in the dull workshop she used to know.
THE wilful, selfish Peer Gynt, in Ibsen's story, has been wandering over the world, never finding the satisfaction he seeks. Once he has a vision. He sees Solveig, who loves him, sitting spinning outside the hut he built long ago for himself and her. She is now a. middle-aged woman, but still fair-haired and comely, and as she spins, she thinks of Peer and sings' Thou wilt return some day and find me waiting.'
IN 1786 Mozart, then a popular public figure, was giving subscription concerts in Vienna.
He must have been very busy, for of one of his concerts, given the year before, his father writes home : ' Wolfgang played an admirable new Concerto which was in the copyist's hands when we arrived yesterday. Your brother had not even time to try over the Rondo.' However, Mozart managed to write and learn a new work for almost every concert. In all he wrote seventeen during his time in Vienna (between 1782 and 1791). This one in A (K.488) is a cheery, urbane work, in three Movements.
A T the age of twenty-one, Mr. Robert Gregory, a native of Prestwich, near Manchester, went to Vienna to study under the great, master, Leschetitzky. He lived in the Austrian capital for about twenty years and rapidly became known both as a teacher and a performer. At the outbreak of the war Mr. Gregory had some thrilling experiences, being denounced as a British spy and kept under strict surveillance for some time. Since the war he has settled once again in his native town and has given many recitals. This, however, is his first appearance before the microphone.


Conducted By: T. H. Morrison


Dr. A. W. WILSON (Organist)
Relayed from Manchester Cathedral.
(Alto), A. BUTLER (Tenor), J. B. BUTLER (Baritone), C. STEELE (Bass)
THIS quartet, which has already broadcast several times from Manchester, has won seventeen consecutive first prizes at some of the largest Musical Festivals in the country.


Organist: Dr. A. W. Wilson

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