Ina Souez (Soprano)
Norris Stanley (Violin)
The BIRMINGHAM STUDIO AUGMENTED ORCHESTRA
Leader, FRANK CANTELL
Conducted by Joseph Lewis
CHERUBINI'S long life overlapped those of the great Bach's sons and of Tchaikovsky. thus linking up nearly two centuries of music. And his own work covered almost as wide a field as that long period suggests ; it is all immensely dignified and sincere, singularly free of any mannerisms or of pandering to the popular taste of his age. Anaereon was an Opera Ballet in two Acts, produced at the Paris Opera in October, 1803. Only the splendid Overture is now known, but it is likely to retain its place tor all time among the great masterpieces. It begins with a slow introduction - vigorous chords on the whole orchestra, and a little tune on the horns which introduces a melody for the oboe. The main quick part of the Overture follows on that, opening with a robust figure in the basses, and the chief theme succeeds very soon, a melody beginning in the strings, with the first violin imitating the second at a distance of a bar and a bait. On such simple materials as these the Overture is built up with great variety and interest.
IN this aria Santuzza is addressing not her own mother, but the mother of her fickle lover Turiddu, who has betrayed her to return to his old sweetheart Lola, now the wife of Alfio. Therein lies the tragedy of the opera.
THE only Concerto which Dvorak wrote tor the Violin is full of the sturdy wholesome melody which we associate with him. Just as one recognises in Grieg's music something akin to the folk songs of Norway, so many of Dvorak's big tunes might be folk songs of his native Bohemia.
MISS DOROTHY HOWELL was a distinguished pupil of the Royal Academy, where her master for composition was Dr. J. B. McEwen, who is now the Academy's chief. Miss Howell is herself on the teaching staff there. and she has already won for herself a place of distinction among the English composers of today
THIS group of pieces illustrates in an interesting way the freedom which music enjoys from international restraint?, how literally it is the universal language. We are to hear a Suite by an English composer on a Gipsy subject, and music by a distinguished Frenchman written about one of our Tudor Kings who is the centre of a play by our greatest English dramatist.
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