Relayed from the New Pavilion, Bournemouth
No. 24of the 34Winter Series
THE BOURNEMOUTH MUNICIPAL AUGMENTED
Conductors: Mr. JOHN Gough and Sir DAN GODFREY
Mannucci (Violoncello) (First Performance)
JOHN GOUGH was bom in Tasmania in 1903 (an Australian of the third generation, educated at Launceston
State High School and later, by scholarship, at the Melbourne University Conservatorium. He is a composition Scholar of the Royal College of Music and a pupil of Dr. Vaughan Williams.
He has furnished the following description of his work: 'First Wallaby Track is an attempt to find a pastoral expression that will be at one with the soil of Australia. (The term Wallaby Track is equivalent to the English " Open Road ").'
The Composer believes that the aesthetic of this quest concerns itself, not with Sydney harbour, nor with the great wool exchanges, but rather with the hearts of those simple outback people who, having no veneer of civilization, understanding but crudely the values applicable to human lives, are eligible to feel (as part of their natural selves) the emotions that come with the sight of a crystal dawn and trees splitting with light; the acrid smell of the forest fire, presently bursting redly voracious into the young crops; men gaily believing, believing in yellow metal, and digging, digging up tin, the long unbreaking drought, a sky stained infinite blue and ten thousand head of cattle with their bellies to the sun; tunes lisped by mountain trees to glittering voiceless birds, the elation of spring and the pores of the earth all bleeding; the moon sifting through giant gums, down into the brooding silence of the night-bush ; the last bale's stamped departure and the spirit of the dance unleashed.
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