JOHN AIKENS (Tenor)
DVORAK was very proud of the fact that he was a Slav. Once when ho visited Cam-bridge to receive an honorary degree, and to conduct a work of his own, he was offered a magnificent Souvenir Programme, but he rejected it indignantly because they had treated him as a German and printed his name ' Herr Dvorak ! '
His nationality is nowhere more apparent than in his Slavonic Dances, which overflow with high spirits and the joy of life.
ONE of Dvorak's pupils was Sinigaglia, and the affection of the master for the popular tunes of Bohemia helped to increase that of his Italian pupil for his native Piedmontese songs and dances.
This Piedmontese Rhapsody (originally written for Violin and Orchestra) has melodies which, whilst not actually songs of the people, are cast in the folk-style.
* LTHOUGH he is probably best known as the author of ' The Crock of Gold,' many of the admirers of Mr. James Stephens would be prepared to maintain that ' The Demi-Gods,' from which he will read to-night, is an even better book. A fantasy full of poetry and humour, it tells the adventures of three angels who came down to earth (in Ireland, of course) and walked the roads with a tinker and his daughter, gaining much wisdom on their way. until two of them resumed their shining raiment and their great plumed wings and flew back whence they came. Nothing could be more appropriate to the day than this typically Irish work of a writer who, whilst essentially modern, moves most easily in the atmosphere of the old Irish legend and myth.
THE MIDLAND STRING QUARTET:
FRANK CANTELL (1st Violin), ELSIE STELL (2nd. Violin). ARTHUR KENNEDY (Viola), LEONARD DENNIS (Violoncello)
MOLLY ON THE SHORE is the name of an old Irish reel, and the composer had made his piece out of this and another reel, 'Temple Hill. ' His use of the orchestra will be found to be vivid and highly coloured. Percy Grainger was born at Melbourne in 1883, but during the war took on American nationality. One of his friendships is commemorated in the British Folk Music Settings, of which this piece is one; they are ' lovingly and reverently dedicated to the memory of Edward Grieg. '
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