by RUSSELL W. K. TAYLOR, F.R.C.O.
Assistant Organist, Southwark Cathedral
From St. Mary-lo-bow
ETHEL AUSTEN (Contralto)
RUSSELL W. K. TAYLOR
Rhapsody in B Flat......Russell Taylor ETHEL AUSTEN
Return a Conqueror (' Aïda ') .....Verdi Scenes that are brightest ............ Wallace ONE of the best-known airs from Aida, 'Return a Conqueror,' is sung by the captive Princess herself, torn by doubt and anxiety. Devoted to the soldier, Rhadames, she has joined in the acclamations of the people, to wish him success. But it is her own people against whom he is to march, and his victory means their defeat, and only too probably the death or captivity of her father, who is their king. Verdi's music sets forth these conflicting emotions with impassioned effect.
RUSSELL W. K.
Coneertante in C
W. T. Best
It was a dream
THE BIRMINGHAM STUDIO ORCHESTRA
Conducted by FRANK CANTELL
IN the latter part of the eighteenth and the first part of the nineteenth centuries, the Gows were prominent in Scottish music. Neil, the most famous member of the family, was a notable violinist, beginning his musical career at the very early age of nine. Born in Perthshire, his fame as a player of Reels and Strathspeys soon extended far beyond merely local bounds, and even reached London.
PAGANINI'S command of his instrument and all its resources, was so astonishing as to earn from some contemporaries the comment that ho must surely bo in league with the devil. His career and Liszt's were so far parallel, that each was regarded as having carried the technique of his instrument to a higher pitch of perfection than it had ever before reached. Otherwise, they had not much in common, but Liszt's admiration for Paganini induced him to transcribe some of his brilliant violin studies as pieces for the pianoforte. In that form, too, they are extremely difficult to play, demanding the utmost skill from the performer.
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