The BIRMINGHAMSTUDIO ORCHESTRA
Conducted by FRANKCANTELL CHERUBINIborn in Florence in 1760, lived to tho great age of eighty-two. In the important development which music underwent in those long years, he had himself a large share ; the church and theatre music of France in particular, to which he devoted most of his mature work, owe him more than it would be easy to compute. For
, the most part grave and serious, his music dis
plays a breadth and vigour not unlike the great Beethoven's ; it is all sincere and dignified, even in its more lighthearted moods. In its French form this opera is known as J.es Deux Journées (The Two Days) and the story tells how the Water Carrier, who is the hero, within two days extracts his patron from the wrath of the powerful Cardinal Mazarin. In accordance with the tradition of the ago, the Overture begins with a slow and rather pompous introduction and then there is a lively section with two main tunes. Both can be easily recognized as they appear.
This violoncello Concerto, composed in 1876, is in the usual three movements. The first has a slow Introduction before the main quick part appears, opening with a bold, majestic tune played by the soloist. It is the soloist also who has the gentler and more plaintive second tune. In the working out section the theme of the Introduction is used as well as these two, and after the customary recapitulation, there is a little coda.
The second movement has two contrasted moods. First, after a little introduction, a bright song-like tune for the solo violoncello, and the other more vivacious and sprightly. Both of these are repeated.
The last movement has again a short Introduction, with something Spanish in its tune.
Listeners will remember that Lalo more than once turned to Spain for inspiration. The movement itself is a Rondo, in lively measure, the principal tune appearing first on the solo instrument in a merry triplet measure.
A Programme of Light Songs and Musical Comedy Selections from the popular Composer's
THE BIRMINGHAM STUDIO ORCHESTRA
Conducted by FRANK CANTELL
Selection, 'Havana,' Part. I
JOHN RORKE (Baritone) I may be crazy
Little Dolly Daydream
COLLEEN CLIFFORD (Soprano) The Willow Pattern Plato Sweetheart May
Selection, ' Florodora '
COLLEEN CLIFFORD and JOHN RORKE Louisiana Lou
Tell me, pretty maiden
Selection, ' The Silver Slipper'
COLLEEN CLIFFORD and JOHNRORKE
Is yer Mammy always wid yer t LUy of Laguna
Selection,'Havana,' Part II
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