THE BIRMINGHAM STATION ORCHESTRA
Conducted by FRANK CANTELL
FROM twelve pieces for Piano Duet, written when he was thirty-four, Bizet selected a few and" orchestrated them. These charming reflections on the pretty ways of children include a miniature March, picturing a procession approaching and passing into the distance, a Cradle Song for Muted Strings and Woodwind, an Impromptu, sub-titled The Pegtop, a Duet between Little Husband and Little Wife, and finally a ballroom scene, The Galop.
THE BIRMINGHAM STUDIO AUGMENTED
ORCHESTRA (Leader, FRANK CANTELL)
Conducted by DAVID STEPHEN MARGARET STEPHEN (Soprano)
MR. MOONIE, son of a distinguished father who was for many years a musical leader in Edinburgh, has carried on the family activities. After a period of study at home and in Frankfort, he returned to Edinburgh, and for twenty years has associated himself with music there. His compositions aro largely concerned with Scottish lifo and scenes. Here he has cast into the form of a Concert Overture his impressions of the burning patriotism and heroic deeds in the stirring days of the '45, when Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his father's standard in Glenfinnan, held court at Holyrood, and finally was defeated at Culloden.
MR. STEPHEN, a Dundee man, is well known to his countrymen as organ rocitalist, conductor, and Director of the Carnegie School of Music in Dunfermline. His recent lectures from Dundee upon Scottish Instrumental Music will be remembered by many listeners, who will be interested to have another example of his work in composition.
He has set an old ballad which Scott says was taken down from the recitation of an old woman at Kirkhill, in West Lothian. It tells how the wife of Usherswell lost her throe sons, whom she had ' sent o'er the sea.' She ardently wished for their return ' in earthly flesh and blood,' and about Martinmas her sons returned, in human likeness, their hats made of the birk (birch) that grew 'at the gates o' Paradise.' She made a feast for them, and sat by their bedside in the night. When the cock crew, one said to another, ' 'Tis time we were away.'
' Gin we bo mist out o' our place A sair pain we maun bide.
Fare ye wool, my mother dear! Fareweel to barn and byre !
And fare yo wool, the bonny lass That kindles my mother's fire.'
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