THE BlRMINGHAM STUDIO AUGMENTED
(Leader, FRANK CANTELL)
Conducted by JOSEPH LEwis
CORA ASTLE (Pianoforte) ANDREW CLAYTON (Tenor)
BRAHMS' Hungarian Dances must be well known to countless listeners who have very little interest in the rest of his work. He was not a Hungarian himself, but the verve and rhythm of their dances and folk songs interested him keenly all his musical life. And he made use of them in many ways in his own works. It is supposed that his interest in them was first aroused when, as a young man, he went on tour with the Hungarian violinist Remenyi, and that may well be true. Remenyi was himself an enthusiast in the folk music of his own country, and played many of the native airs so that Brahms heard them in aU their native vigour and charm.
The Hungarian Dances appeared first as pianoforte duets, for two players at the one keyboard, and they soon became so popular all over the world that arrangements of them in all manner of other ways quickly came into being. The great Joachim arranged them for violin, and Piatti for violoncello, with pianoforte accompaniment, and orchestras and Military Bands everywhere seized on them as splendid additions to the popular repertory.
There can be but few listeners to whatever kind of programme who have not heard and enjoyed some of them.
(From the Birmingham
Conducted by Father PAUL, O.S.F.C. (of the Franciscan Monastery, Olton)
Order of Service :
The Music by the Choir of the Edgbaston Oratory, Birmingham
Under the direction of the Rev. ROBERT EATON
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