LINDA SEYMOUR (Contralto)
The WIRELESS MILITARY
Conducted by,B. WALTON
GLAZOUNOV'S musical gifts showed them. selves at a very early age. He was born and brought up, and indeed spent all his uneventful life until the Revolution, in comfortable circumstances, and enjoyed all the advantages
. of a sound education and of material comfort.
Shortly after the Revolution, news reached the outer world that he was dead. Luckily for music, the report proved to be wrong; Glazounov not only emerged safely from that troubled time, but was even decorated by the Soviet and appointed ' People's Artist of the Republic.' These movements are taken from one of his comparatively few pieces for the stage; The Seasons' is a Ballet.
Relayed from the Cathedral, Birmingham
Order of Service
Hymn, ' Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven'
(A. and M., No. 298)
Psalm 23 Lesson
Address by the Rev. Canon 0. S. PETIT (of St. Peter's Church, Harborne)
Hymn, ' Abide with me' (A. and M., No. 27) Benediction
Appeal for the Entertainment of Wounded Soldiers by the Rt. Hon. Lord LEIGH(Lord-Lieutenant of Warwickshire)
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HILDA BLAKE (Soprano)
ESTHER COLEMAN (Contralto)
Enic GREENE (Tenor)
HAROLD Williams (Baritone)
The BIRMINGHAM STUDIO CHORUS and AUGMENTED ORCHESTRA
Leader, FRANK CANTELL Conductor, Joseph Lewis
APART from those who have found permanent homes with us, no Continental musician has ever been so warmly welcomed here as was Mendelssohn. His coming to England in 1846 to conduct the first performance of Elijah was his ninth visit, and, as events proved, his last. He died in the following year, his health having been undermined by constant overwork. Elijah had been commissioned for the Birmingham Festival, and much of the work had to be done against time, but it was punctually finished ; punctuality and orderliness were almost a mania with Mendelssohn. He arrived in London about August 18, and from then until the performance in Birmingham on the 26th, his time was fully taken up with rehearsals and arrangements. The work went with triumphant success, no fewer than eight numbers having to be encored. Mendelssohn himself in writing to his brother the evening after the performance, said, ' no work of mine ever went so admirably at the first performance, or was received with such enthusiasm both by musicians and the public, as this. I never in my life heard a better performance—no, nor so good, and almost doubt if I can ever hear one like it again.'
In spite of its success, however, Mendelssohn revised parts of it, and the now form was given by the Sacred Harmonic Society in London in the following April, and in Germany, under the name Elias, in October of that year. It has ever since held its place as second only to the Messiah in the British public's affectionate regard. It was performed as an opera some years ago by the Moody Manners Company.