Nigel Dallaway (Pianoforte)
Edgar Clarke (Oboe)
S.C. Cotterell (Clarinet)
W.A. Clarke (Bassoon)
W.S. Yorke (Horn)
At the time this music was written (when Beethoven was in his middle twenties) he almost idolized Mozart, and we find strong traces of the latter's influence.
There are three Movements - the First, a lively one, being introduced by a short slow section; the Second is a suave slow Movement, singing its way gracefully, and the last is a dapper Rondo. In a performance of the work in which the composer took the Pianoforte part, he played a characteristic joke on the other performers in this Last Movement, for once when the main tune was about to come round again, he intervened with a Pianoforte improvisation upon it that was not in the copies, keeping the others on tenterhooks, for they did not know when they should come in again, and so made several false starts at blowing before Beethoven gave them a cue.
THE BIRMINGHAM STUDIO ORCHESTRA, conducted by FRANK CANTELL
HAYDX was fond of London, and twice came over to conduct some of his works-and incidentally to be feted and have a thoroughly good time.
This Symphony, Haydn's 104th, was first heard in 1795, when he (then aged sixty-three) had a benefit concert. In style and power the music looks forward to Beethoven.
The Minuet is a typical Haydn dance Movement, and the quick and spirited Finale, in its opening drone bass like the tune of a shepherd s pipe, recalls Haydn's love of peasant music.
OR Daudet's play of Provencal life 1 L'Arlésienne. Bizet contributed a large amount of very attractive music. This was later put together for concert purposes m the form of two Suites, of which this is the first.
It has four Movements :—
(1) Prelude. A stirring rhythmic, March - like piece, based on an old Provencal folk-tune; (2) Minuet. A pleasant dance tune; (3) Adagietto. A very short piece for Strings alone. In the play it accompanies the passage where two old lovers meet, after half a century of absence from one another; (4) Carillon. A simple little three-note bell tune pervades the piece. There is
? a short, contrasting middle section; otherwise, the three-note tune is heard throughout. The piece is played during the celebration of a betrothal.
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