THE Occasion' that produced the work whose Overture we are to hear was the defeat, in 1745, of the Young Pretender, after he had reached Derby and so threatened the capital. Handel decided to express the general joy in a choral work, first performed in February, 1746, which was known as the Occasional Oratorio.
The Prelude to this work, a typical large-scale Overture of the period, has four Movements :-
1. (Slow and stately.) There is only one persistent Tune, and that ia merely a one-bar idea. This leads, with no real feeling of break, into :—
II. (Quick.) This is in the nature of a Fugue, a Movement on one subject only—generally quite a brief phrase, as hero.
III. (Slow.) A brief, lyrical Movement, which practically constitutes an introduction to :--
IV. (A March.) This is the best-known part of the Overture. It is in two clearly defined halves, each of which is repeated.
(From Birmingham) :
' The Little Silk Queen of China,' by G. B. Hughes. Margaret Ablethorpo (Pianoforte). ' The Most Wonderful Engineering Achievement ' -a Competition Story by O. Bolton King. Songs by Isabel Tebbs (Soprano)
QUILTER'S music is a peculiarly happy summing-up of many of the graces of British art. It is fluent, fanciful and delicate, good-humoured and tuneful, fresh-airy and free-flowing.
These three English Dances are early work-his eleventh published composition. They were first heard at a Promenade Concert in 1910.
A Debate between
Mr. DOUGLAS WOODRUFF and Mr. E. V. Knox
(' Evoe ' of Punch)
Chairman: Mrs. OLIVER STRACHEY
WILL our grandchildren be as much happier than ourselves as we imagine that we are happier than the Mid-Victorians ! Is our civilization destined to go on expanding in liberty (and licence) as it has done for the last generation or two ? Or will there be a reaction ? Or are we merely in a state of degeneration that time will only accentuate ? All these points will doubtless bo raised and met in the clash between two of the most, brilliant talkers who over faced a microphone when they meet tonight.
Mr. E. V.
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