THE WIRELESS MILITARY BAND, conducted by B. WALTON O'DONNELL
NORMAN VENNER (Baritone)
THE plot of the Opera Euryanthe was made out of a thirteenth-century tale of knightly doings, full also of ghosts, fairies and such-like legendary folk. The work did not hold the stage; its libretto was too silly, even for those days. But the Overture found and retained a place on the concert platform. In it, Weber strikes the notes of chivalry and mystery. According to his characteristic plan, it contains fragments of the Opera's leading airs.
LISZT had a great love for the folk-music of his native Hungary. Ho expressed this affection partly in twenty Rhapsodies, some of which ho arranged for the Orchestra. In these he takes melodies played by the Hungarian gipsies, and treats them very much as the gipsies themselves do, with elaborate ornamentations and strong, vivid rhythmic effects.
The First Rhapsody begins with a dignified section (corresponding to the Lassan of the gipsies) containing two Main Tunes. The First is in a minor key, and the Second resembles tho well-known ' Rakoczy ' March (with Berlioz's treatment of which most listeners are familiar).
Next comes a lively section in the style of the gipsies' Friska dances. The music works up in speed and brilliance, the First Main Tune occurring again, and a fourth Tune appearing before the exciting finish of the work.
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