Relayed from the Queen's Hall, London
Sm HENRY WOOD and his SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
ODETTE DE FORAS (Soprano) Louis DE LA CRUZ (Baritone)
MAY MUKLE (Violoncello)
HERE are five delightful little pieces founded on French fairy-tales.
The FIRST is The Pavane of the Sleeping Beauty, a slow, graceful dance.
The SECOND is called Hop o' my Thumb.
At the head of the music the following quotation is printed : ' He thought he could easily find his way by means of the crumbs that he had scattered as he passed along. But he had a rude surprise, for he couldn't find one single crumb. The birds had come and eaten them all up ! '
You can almost see the forlorn little fellow wandering about.
The THIRD is called Lauleronette, Empress of the Pagodas. It pictures little China figures singing and playing miniature instruments.
The FOURTH is a Conversation between Beauty and the Beast, ending in the creature's transformation into the Prince.
The FIFTH piece is The Fairy Garden. Hero
Prince Charming finds the Sleeping Beauty. As he kisses her, the Princess open her eyes. Then the Courtiers enter, wedding bells are heard merrily ringing, and the 'happy ever after' begins as auspiciously as any orchestra can possibly suggest.
MAY MUKLE and Orchestra Concert Piece.....Dohnányi
LOUIS DE LA CRUZ
Air, ' O Star of Eve' (' Tannhäuser ')........ Wagner
Louis de La
(Continued) THE scenes are thus enti tled: (1) Introduction. The Enchanted Garden of Kastchei ; (2) The Supplications of the Bird of Fire (when captured by the Prince); (3) The Princesses playing with the Golden Apples ; (4) The Princesses Vance a Round ; (5) Demon Dance of Kastchei's Subjects.
HOLST'S Somerset Rhapsody (in his earlier and simpler manner) gives a charming treatment of some pleasant folk-tune material-first a sheep-shearing song, then High Germany, then The True Lover's Farewell (these two work together for a little), and The Cuckoo. The work was written about 1908 and first performed in 1910.
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