The BIRMINGHAM STUDIO AUGMENTED
(Leader, FRANK CANTELL)
Conducted by Joseph LEWIS
SMETANA, like Beethoven, suffered the affliction, saddest of all to a musician, of deafness, a trouble that gradually grew upon him, and coincided with a weakening of the brain, that ended in insanity and hastened his death.
The conflict of personality and will in two people who love each other is the subject of The Kiss; in which the Composer looks upon his characters genially and sympathetically, with a tender and very human regard for the frailties of mankind. That spirit, we shall feel, pervades the Opera's happy Overture. 3.42 LEONIE ZIFADO (Soprano) and Orchestra
THE Countess has found her husband fickle, and sadly wonders if the days of trust and happiness will ever return. Perhaps, she hopes, her own faithfulness may yet restore his constancy.
THE Opera Cephalus and Procris of the Belgian Cretry (1741-1813), like many others of his works, is baaed on a mythological tale. The name of irrocris is perpetuated in our phrase about her ' unerring dart,' given to her by Diana, which not only struck its prey without fail, but returned to the hand that loosed it. This Suite of Ballet Music from the Opera, which was arranged by the well-known Conductor, the late Felix Mottl , contains three pieces-a ' Tambourin,' a Minuet of the Nymphs of Diana, and a Gigue.
Hymn, 'At even, ere the Sun was set' (916
Lesson, Psalm 103
Hymn, 'Tho King of Love my Shepherd is'
(72 Methodist Hymnal)
Address by the Rev. G. E. Southall (of Faltley
Wesleyan Methodist Church)
Hymn, 'Jesu, the very thought of Thee'
(110 Methodist Hymnal)
Rev. G. E.
DORIS OWENS (Contralto)
THE WIRELESS MILITARY
Conducted by STANFORD ROBINSON
Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla ' ....... Glinka
Graceful Waltz ; Souvenir; Gipsy Dance
9.18 Dottis OWENS
Gipsy Rondo ...... Haydn Czardas , ' Hungarian Shepherd's Dance ' .... Gung'l
9.40 KENDALL TAYLOR
Impromptu in F Sharp
Minuet (Homage to Frederick Dolius )
Rush Hour in Hong-Kong ............ Chasins
9.48 Doris OWENS
Minuet Boccherini Intermezzo, Love in Cloverland ......... Peter
10.10 KENDALL TAYLOR
Triana Albeniz Concert Study in F Minor Dohnanyi
Suite from the Ballet ' Coppélia ' ......Delibes
WHEN Delibes began to write for the stage at the age of twenty-one, he soon showed that he had a capital sense of the theatre.' He brought out some short Comic Operas at the Lyric Theatre of Paris, and wrote a number of Operettas for other theatres. After periods as accompanist aud second Chorus Master at the Opera, he was commissioned to collaborate in a Ballet with the Polish Composer Minkus, and did it so well that he was asked to compose one himself. This was Coppclia, which came out in May, 1870. Its run was tragically interrupted by the outbreak, a few weeks later, of the Franco-Prussian War.
Many of tonight's listeners will remember the glories of Adeline Genee 's dancing when Coppélia was running at the Empire, London and others will find that the tunes in this selection have, in some way or other, already become familiar.
In the Suite moat commonly heard there are five pieces :-(1) Slavonic Theme, with Variations; (2) Festival Dances, with Waltz of the Hours ; (3) Nocturne ; (4) Automaton Music and Waltz ; (5) Hungarian Dance