THE BIRMINGHAM STUDIO AUGMENTED
(Loader, FRANK CANTELL )
Conducted by JOSEPH LEWIS
BALFOUR GARDINER 'S piece (dedicated to
Sir Henry Wood ) was suggested by a scene in Thomas Hardy 's Wessex Tales, which is thus described :—
' The shrill tweedle-dee of the boy fiddler has begun, accompanied by a booming ground-bass from Elijah New , the parish clerk, who had thoughtfully brought with him his favourite musical instrument, the serpent ... the dance whizzed on with cumulative fury, the performers moving in their planet-like courses, direct and retrogade, from apogee to perigee, till the hand of the well-kicked clock at the bottom of the room had travelled over the circumference of an hour.'
NORRIS STANLEY (Violin)
Maria Schubert , arr. Wilhelmj
Gipsy Dance, No. 1 .. Nachez
Allegro ; Andante con moto; Menuetto; Allegro vivaco
THE fact that before Schubert was twenty he had written five Symphonies is only one of the many astonishing things about the Composer and his work. Another is that when his Fifth Symphony was performed at one of the Crystal Palace Saturday Concerts in 1873, the careful historian, Sir George Grove , who annotated it, could say, ' It has probably never been played in public till this day 4—fifty-seven years after it was composed! It is one of the happiest of all its Composer's works, and probably many of those who enjoy this richly beautiful extract from it today will be glad to play it in piano duet form, for it goes exceedingly well in that arrangement.
THOUGH the music for Shakespeare's Tempest was written in Sullivan's student days, it was only in 1903, after his death, that it was heard in connection with performances of the play, at the Court Theatre.
These charming dances show Sullivan in his happiest vein. A dainty pastoral like the Dance of Reapers, for instance, is the kind of light music that sounds so easy to make, but that very few British Composers in Sullivan's day could produce.