Conducted by FRANK CANTELL
IN these days when youth is at the helm in music as in so many other directions, Sinigaglia is no doubt well content to count himself as among the older Italian composers, although he is still active. He has long been enthusiastic in the collection and propagation of the folk music of his native Piedmont; it may well have been Dvorak, whose pupil he was, who infected him with an enthusiasm like his own. There is a brightness and energy about these folk tunes, embodied as they are in Sinigaglia's orchestral arrangements, which makes them as inevitably popular as all national songs and dances arc when fittingly presented.
THESE variations, among Schumann's early pianoforte works, are dedicated to Pauline, Countess d'Abegg. There was no such countess, but it is supposed that Schumann had in mind one Fraulein Abegg , whom ho had met at a ball, and to whom he thus wished to pay whimsical homage. The letters of the name are used to form a theme ; in German they are all names of notes, as in English, with this difference, that in German B means B Flat. Our B is in German H. The theme is easily followed, and the set of variations which Schumann made on it is simple and straightforward.
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