DOROTHY MORRIS (Soprano); ALICE VAUGHAN (Contralto); HENRY WENDON (Tenor);
HARRY BRINDLE (Bass)
THE WIRELESS MILITARY BAND, conducted by B. WALTON O'DONNELL
Overture to ' Alfonso and Estrella '
THE OpemAlfonso and Estrella was never played during its composer's lifetime, but he did hear the Overture to it, for, when he was asked to write the music for the play Rosamunde, and was pressed for time, he utilised the Alfonso Overture , instead of writing a new one.
The music pleased very much, though the play was a total failure. In spite of the Overture's success, it was not printed until nearly forty years after his death.
It has first a slowish Introduction, that opens with a motif we hear a good deal later—the challenging loud chord, followed by another an octave lower. This is notable in the First Main Tune ; and the bit of melody which immediately follows these chords is developed into the Second Main Tune. On these ideas the Overture is briskly built up.
FROM THE STUDIO, BIRMINGHAM
Introit, ' Lord, for thy
Tender mercies' sake '
Hymn, ' Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem' (English Hymnal,
Hymn, Ye Holy Angels
Hymn, 'Praise theLord, ye Heavens adore Him.'(E.H.,No.535)
Address by the Rev.
S. F. Morris , of St. Bartholomew's Church
Hymn, ' Ye Watchers and ye Holy Ones'
(E. H., No. 519)
THE BIRMINGHAM STUDIO ORCHESTRA
Conducted by JOSEPH LEWIS
AMONG the almost innumerable smaller works of Mozart there are many ' gems of musical literature ' (as Tchaikovsky called them) which have never become well known. It was in order to bring some of this unknown Mozart before the public that Tchaikovsky wrote his Suite, Mozartiana. It consists of orchestral arrangements of three Piano Pieces and of the little Choral work Ave Verum Corpus (which, perhaps, was loss known in the Russia of 1887 than it is in the musical countries of today). It is this Prayer that wo are to hear.
THE action of Rimsky-Korsakov's Opera, The Snow Maiden, takes place in a mythical kingdom. There, on the first day of Spring, all young people who wish to wed come to receive the Tsar's blessing at a gathering held in the woodland. The clowns' dance rounds off the day's festivities.
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