'Relayed from the Winter Gardens, Bournemouth
THE BOURNEMOUTH MUNICIPAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (50 Performers)
Conducted by Sir DAN GODFREY
BOTH this and the 'Academic Festival' Overture were written about the same time, and both were first played at the concert in Breslau which followed shortly after the conferment upon the composer of the degree of D.lh. by the University of that city.
The Tragic Overture is not a prelude to any drama, nor is it based upon a story. Everyone may form his own ideas of its significance, and all will agree that it sustains a noble discourse, with a note of fine deep feeling (as in the expressive second main theme). Solo Trumpet, PHIL LEDlNGTON; Solo Flute, JEAN GENNIN; Solo Oboe, JOSEPH CRAEN; Solo Violin, BERTRAM LEWIS Soloist, NlEDZIELSKI CYRIL SCOTT conceived this work somewhat after the manner of a Bach Concerto, with a rather light accompaniment. He is said to have described it as ' impressions of Bach taken while on a supposed journey to China.' The work is in three Movements, in which the use of the Celesta, of bells and the Harp, together with the extremely piquant orchestral and pianoforte writing, give the music an air of brilliant fantasy.
Relayed from the Town Hall, Birmingham
THE BIRMINGHAM FESTIVAL CHORAL SOCIETY'S performance of the MASS IN B MINOR
CAROLINE HATCHARD (Soprano) MARGARET BALFOUR (Contralto)
ARCHIBALD WINTER (Tenor)
HAROLD Williams (Bass)
THE CITY OF BIRMINGHAM ORCHESTRA, conducted by ADRIAN C. BOULT
G. D. CUNNINGHAM (Organ)
THE great Mass occupied Bach during six of his maturest years—from 1733 to 1738, in which latter year he was fifty-three. It is a wonderful blend of deep thought, fine feeling, beauty of form and texture. The intensity of its artistic quality grips the mind and touches the heart.
It was written, and is always sung, to Latin words. It is not, however, a Roman Catholic Mass, or music of ritual, but a musical setting of language fundamental to all Christianity. It has five principal sections, known by the opening words of each : Kyrie, Gloria, Credo Sanctue, and Agnus Dei. Strictly speaking, there is no division into Part I and Part II, but in most performances a break is made after the Gloria, and ' Part II ' begins with the Cralo. Each of the main divisions contains several movements-Choruses, Solos, or Ducts.
Kyrie cleison (Lord, have mercy upon us).
Chrisle cleison (Christ; have mercy upon us).
Duet, Soprano, and Contralto.
Kyrie eleison (Lord, have mercy upon us).
GLORIA Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis (Glory to God on high, and on earth peace to men of goodwill). Chorus.
Laudamus te, benedicamus te, adoramus te, glorificamus te (We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we worship Thee, we glorify Thee). Contralto Solo.
Gratias agimus tibi (We give thanks to Thee).
Domine Deus , rex ccelestis, Deus Pater oinnipotens (0 Lord God, Heavenly King, God the Father Almighty). Domine Fill unigenite Jesu Christe altissime (0 Lord, the only begotten Son Jesus Christ most high). Domine Deus , Agnus Dei , Films Patris (0 Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father). Duet, Soprano and Tenor.
Qui tollis peccata mundi (Thou that takest away the sins of the world). Chorus.
Qui sedes ad dexleram Patris. miserere nohis
(Thou that sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy upon us). Contralto Solo.
Quoniam tu solus sanctus (For Thou only art holy). Bass Solo.
Cum Sancto Spiritu , in gloria Dei Patris.
Amen (With the Holy Ghost, in the glory of Cod the Father. Amen). Five-part Chorus.
Credo in unum Deutn (I believe in one God).
Et in unum Dominum Jesum Christum (And
"in one Lord Jesus Christ). Soprano and Contralto
El incarnatus est de Spiritu Sancto (And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost). Five-part Chorus.
Crucifixus (And was crucified). Chorus.
Et resurrexit tertia die (And the third day He rose again). Five-part Chorus. '
Et in Spiritum Sanctum (And [I believe] in the Holy Ghost). Bass Solo.
Confiteor unum baptisma (I acknowledge one baptism). Five-part Chorus.
Sanctus. sanctus, sanctus (Holy, holy, holy).
Six-part Chorus. '
Osanna in excelsis (Hosanna in the highest).
Benedictus qui venit (Blessed is He that cometh).
Agnus Dei , qui tollis peccata mundi (0 Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world). Contralto Solo.
Dona nobis pacem (Grant us [Thy] peace).