THE BIRMINGHAM STUDIO ORCHESTRA
Conducted by JOSEPH LEWIS
Overture, ' Vanity Fair '
GERTRUDE JOHNSON (Soprano)
The Smile of Spring
The Songster's Awakening My King of Love (Cairo)
Intermezzo, ' Love's Eventide '
Suite, ' Woodland Pictures '
The City Child
The Bells of Youth
Waltz Song, ' The Shafts of Cupid '
ALTHOUGH the composer of these lighthearted pieces is best known as a theatrical conductor, particularly for his long association with His Majesty's Theatre, and for his incidental music to plays, he has composed purely orchestral music as well as some for voices, and pianoforte and chamber music. He is one of the very few, moreover, who regards the brass band as a sufficiently important medium to compose serious music for it. His
' Epic Symphony,' was specially written as the test piece in the chief Competition at the Annual Festival and Contest for Brass Bands at the Crystal Palace in the autumn of 1926. In this Suite he presents pictures of the sea and sailormen with a really fresh and wholesome breeziness.
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