THE BIRMINGHAM MILITARY BAND
Conducted by W. A. CLARKE
T. C. STERNDALE BENNETT
Selections from his own Compositions
POSTERITY may possibly remember Boito best as the author of more than one of the libretti for Verdi Operas. He was none the loss a distinguished composer himself, and when in 1893 Cambridge University decided to honour one representative musician from each of the chief European countries, it was Boito who was made Doctor of Music, as representative of Italy.
Oxford University also made him an honorary Doctor of Music afterwards.
Mefistofele on its production, and for long afterwards, enjoyed genuine success. Thoroughly Italian as is the melodious character of the music, the use which Boito makes of the orchestra lends the work a bigness and importance which Italian opera cannot always claim, and the story is treated with more respect than in the sentimental version which forms Gounod's libretto.
T. C. Sterndale
MARK VANE and ALMA VANE
Songs and Duets
(From Birmingham) ,
'Traditional Sayings-There's Many a blip, by William Hughes
SIDNEY HEARD (Flute)
Story told by GLADYS COLBOURNE
T. C. STERNDALE BENNETT will Entertain
T. C. Sterndale
THE BIRMINGHAM STUDIO ORCHESTRA
Conducted by FRANK CANTELL
THIS is the Overture to a little One-Act Cantata or Song-Play of which the original German name really means 'The Return from Abroad.' The Overture is now the only part of it which is at all well known, but it bids fair to remain a perennial favourite. It is laid out for quite small orchestra, woodwinds, horns, trumpets, and strings, there being neither trombones nor drums employed...
It begins with a short section in b-8 time, that is the ordinary barcarole measure, in which the strings begin the happy flowing melody. It gives way anon to a section in quicker time in a two-beat measure, with a more impetuous and energetic tune. A still more vigorous melody makes its appearance soon on the winds and these together form the groundwork for the main part of the Overture. It comes to an end with a very short echo of the opening.
THE chief airs which the attentive listener will hear in any selection made of Meyerbeer's impressive opera centred round the Massacre of St. Bartholomew, are 'Fairer than the lily,' a fine tenor song which the Huguenot Raoul sings as a toast at a banquet ; 'Piff, Paff, Pouff,' the old Huguenot fighting song, sung by Marcel, Raoul's servant ; the Pago's Song, a Cavatina in which the little Page announces the message he has brought 'from a lady great and lovely'; 'Fair Land of Touraine,' the brilliant aria for Queen Marguerite, and, of course, the great ensemble, 'The Dedication of the Swords' a chorus in which the Catholics justify the massacre they are about to carry out, and then have a fierce blessing given them by the Priests.
The Birmingham Studio Chorus
Led by Joseph Lewis
G. H. Crews (Tenor)
(In Impressions and Character Studies)
STAINLESS STEPHEN (Entertainer) GRACE IVELL and VIVIEN WORTH
(the Syncopated Two)
VICTOR SHEATH (Banjo) ALBERT and RICHMOND
(The Whistler and his Friend) PAUL RAFFMAN and his BAND
: HERMAN DAREWSKI and his BAND, from the Itoyal Opera House Dancos, Covent Garden.