THE BIRMINGHAM STUDIO ORCHESTRA
Conducted by FRANK CANTELL
THIS Serenade by the B. B. C.'s own Music Director, is in five movements. The first is an Allegretto Scherzando, with the violins, in octaves, beginning the delicate theme against reiterated staccato chords from the winds. The whole movement is built up on that first theme or fragments of it, and is throughout lighthearted and even whimsical in spirit.
The second movement, Alia marcia, begins quite softly—flutes, second violins and violas announcing the theme. The movement grows in strength and volume, to die away again softly at the end.
The third movement is a sad little Intermezzo, with a plaintive tune which the violins begin, giving way anon to a new melody for the horn. The movement works up to a strong climax but the end is once more in the quiet mood of the beginning. The harp, which has had an effective share of the earlier movements, takes a leading part in number four—Pizzicato. The strings play plucked notes almost throughout, while the winds have little snatches of melody, in which for a moment the strings join them.
The last movement is a Gavotte—Alla Gavotta, in which the strings have the first strain alone. The next section is for full orchestra, and after each of these has been repeated in the traditional way, there is a Musette, mainly in the hands of the woodwinds, while the strings, and later the bassoon, furnish the steady bass which represents the drone. Then the Gavotte returns in slightly altered guise. : :
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