THE EDITH ROBINSON QUARTET: EDITH ROBINSON (1st Violin), GERTRUDE BARKER (2nd Violin), HILDA LINDSAY (Viola), KATHLEEN MOORHOUSE (Violoncello)
(I) Slow and expressive, leading to Moderately quick ; (2) Very agitated; (3)Very slow; (4) Very quick and lively
SCHUMANN was trained to be a lawyer, and his youth was almost gone before he was able to give his whole attention to music. His full devotion to the art, when at last it came about, was the result of great talent for, and persistence in, Piano-playing.
It is not surprising, then, that when he started composing in earnest, for some time he produced a large quantity of piano music and little else.
In 1840 (at the age of thirty) he was married, and in the inspiration of the moment poured out a flood of song. Then he tackled works on a bigger scale, producing, among other things, his first Symphony in 1841. The following year saw the appearance of his first Quartets for Strings. The three in Op. 41 were written within about a month. The music is a compound of virility, vivacity and romantic inspiration a proof of the new zest that his happy marriage gave to life.
A Wayside Comedy by LAURENCE HOUSMAN
Presented by STUART VINDEN
Not the sort of road one wants to be along after dark. Above its high bank, tangled with brushwood, the forest trees stand thickly, and their gnarled and twisted roots have made queer burrows in the soil where something bigger than a fox could find hiding. The light is fading, and Tim, an elderly ragamuffin, is sitting smoking. There is a whistle, and his pal Tony, in shuffling haste, limps up furtively.
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