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: 'ELIJAH'

(Part I)
An Oratorio by MENDELSSOHN
Relayed from the BLACKBURN MUNICIPAL
CONCERT at the King George's Hall, Blackburn
Principals:
BELLA BAILLIE (Soprano)
ELIZABETH WILLAN (Contralto)
LEONARD GOWINGS (Tenor)
Hoy HENDERSON (Baritone)
The BLACKBURN MUNICIPAL CHOIR of 300 Voices
THE BLACKBURN ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY of over
70 Performers. (Leader, Mr. E. R. O'MALLEY)
Conductor, Dr. HERMAN BREARLEY
At the Organ, Miss LILIAN TAYLOR
THE work outlines the great prophet's mediations between God and the Israelites.
Besides Elijah, the chief characters are Obadiah, an Angel, the Widow whose son Elijah restores to life. the Boy whom Elijah sends to seek signs of coming rain, King Ahab, and the Queen. To Soloists are also allotted various parts, such as those of Two Women of Israel. and of Angels. The Chorus generally represents the Israelites, but also such different characters as the Prophets of Baal and Angels.
PART I
The score opens with a brief Introduction in which Elijah declaims the words : ' As God the Lord of Israel liveth, before Whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain-these years, but according to my word.'
This is followed by the Overture, a lengthy orchestral piece which Mendelssohn added as an afterthought.
This leads direct into the Opening Chorus.
The Israelites are bewailing the famine which is spreading over the land.
Next, Elijah, at the bidding of an Angel, departs to the brook Cherith, and thence to Zarephath, where he restores the Widow's son to life.
Next follows King Ahab's accusation of Elijah as responsible for the lack of rain, the downfall of the Priests of Baal, the triumph of Elijah, and the coming of rain, with the rejoicings of the Israelites.

Contributors

Contralto: Elizabeth Willan
Baritone: Hoy Henderson
Unknown: Miss Lilian Taylor








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