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(From Birmingham)
Conducted by JOSEPH LEWIS rIS is the music from a Russian Ballet, ' The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,' telling of the wonderful adventures of a little girt, and of a beautiful pair of nutcrackers which she received as a Christmas present.
There is a Miniature Overture, and then a set of six short pieces - 'Characteristic Dances,' Tchaikovsky calls them, and the title is very apt. They are all vivid, and some are amusing. The Suite, when played as a whole, is rounded off by the Valse of the Flowers.


Conducted By: Joseph Lewis


(From Birminaliam)
' Behind the Scenes at a Theatre,' by John Anderson
AUNTIE RUBY, UNCLE LAURIE, and HORACE of Nottingham, will Entertain
JAMES DONOVAN (Saxophone Solos)


Unknown: John Anderson

: Light Music

(From Birmingham)
Conducted by FRANK CANTELL


Conducted By: Frank Cantell


From the Royal Opera House Dances, Covent

: Dvorak and MacDowell

(From Birmingham)
CORA ASTLE (Pianoforte)
Conducted by Joseph Lewis
OTHELLO is one of three Overtures originally intended as Movements of a Symphony suggesting the ideas of childhood, youth, and manhood.
Othello shows us manhood and the working of love in life. We may take it that the Composer did not set out to depict Shakespeare's tragedy in Symphonic Poem fashion, but that he is concerned more generally with its motive of passionate love.
MACDOWELL, America's most distinguished
Composer, is best known to most of us by his short pieces, many of which have some poetic or pictorial background. He brought out his Second Piano Concerto in 1888, when he was twenty-seven, himself playing the Solo part. It was in this work that he made his first appearance in London, some years later.
There are three Movements in it.
The FIRST MOVEMENT is preceded by an Intro. duction which is largely based on the second main tune of the quick, impassioned First Movement proper, whose first main tune is heard from the Piano, the second singing out in Violoncello and Clarinets.
The SECOND MOVEMENT (Very quick, jokingly) is in the style of a Rondo, whose tunes are chiefly playful or forceful. One graver theme is heard, in a minor key (the Soloist opening this theme and the Orchestra repeating it, ' mysteriously,' as the Composer directs).
The THIRD MOVEMENT, like the First, has a slow Introduction ; it refers not only to themes that are to come, but to some we heard earlier; the first main tune of the First Movement, for instance, is recalled at the outset (over a soft Drum Roll), and there are other such reminiscences. The very quick Last Movement proper begins very softly with a waltz-like theme, the Piano soon taking it up vigorously. Two other main tunes worth noting are that which soon comes in, softly and lightly, on the Strings, rather low down, and a bold third tune which the Strings declaim (it begins by marching up in a minor arpeggio).


Conducted By: Joseph Lewis


Slow Movement and Finale from the ' New
World ' Symphony (No. 5, in E Minor) Dvorak

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