THE winsome sweetness and purity of Franck's mystical nature shine out in almost everything he wrote.
His only Violin Sonata is in four Movements, which have a certain amount of material in common.
THE Second Violin
Sonata by Delius, one of his later compositions, is a work which does not demand great intellectual effort (though some effort is necessary for its full understanding). Even if one does not choose to regard it as one of his greatest works, it has much charm, and one could hardly choose a better work to play to anyone who wishes to learn to understand the least revolutionary of ' modern ' music.
This is, surely, music of which beauty is the chief characteristic. There arc no great contrasts, but the work is rather a continuous, quiet dialogue between Violin and Piano, which only occasionally grows animated.
THE CITY OF BIRMINGHAM POLICE BAND
Conducted by RICHARD WASSELL (Soloist, P.C. COOK )
SMETANA, the first
Bohemian composer to achieve distinction, was a great lover of his native land. He wrote a set of orchestral pieces, entitled My Country, celebrating in music its natural beauties and its history and legends.
This Tone Poem, the second of that series, is a description of the progress of the chief river of Bohemia, the Vltava (or Moldau, as we know it), from its source in the depths of the forest until, after tumbling over rapids and streaming past frowning fortresses, it joins the Elbe as a broad, rolling river. It witnesses on the way typical scenes of Bohemian life-a hunt and a peasant wedding; and by moonlight it spies forest nymphs dancing in a glade.
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