The Birmingham Pianoforte Quartet: Thomas Jones (Violin); Arthur Kennedy (Viola); Leonard Dennis (Violoncello); Michael Mullinar (Pianoforte) -
Mozart's First Quartet for Piano, Violin, Viola and 'Cello is in the key of G Minor.
It consists of three separate Movements, as follows:-
I. Quick. This is a closely-woven, yet light, airy piece.
The First Main Tune is heard at once. A very large part of the Movement is made out of the rather downright opening phrase for all the instruments. Here it is balanced by a florid little phrase on the Piano; then both phrases are repeated. Great play is made with this opening phrase, especially with its first two long notes.
Several little tunes crop up, and Mozart early begins to make use of his opening idea. The Piano starts the Second Main Tune - a graceful, quiet one in thirds. A sort of answer to it is played by the Strings, as their contribution to the second idea. The Piano repeats this String bit, the Violin imitating. Space prohibits a detailed description of the rest of this Movement, most of which explains itself.
II. At a steady pace. This Movement consists partly of expressive, rather serious melodies, and partly of rapid, decorative scale-passages.
The Piano, at the opening, has the First Main Tune.
The Second Tune is soon heard, after a short Piano shake. The Violin begins it, the other Strings harmonising, and the Piano adds an answering strain.
III. Quick. The Finale is a gay Rondo, in which the chief Tune comes round several times. The Main Tune of this Rondo is a long one, but quite clear. First of all the Piano alone plays a sentence. This is repeated by Piano and Strings. Next comes another sentence for Piano alone, and this is repeated by Strings alone. The Piano comes in again at the end, and all the instruments round the whole Tune off. Several other equally care-free melodies are utilised. Our enjoyment of the Movement largely lies in the fact that while all are different and distinctive, they are unified and well blended. In other words, we have here one of the fundamentals of all good art - Variety in Unity.
Dale Smith (Baritone) - Songs from "The Fair Maid of the Mill" (Schubert): "A-Roaming"; "Whither"; "The Question"; "Serenade"; "Impatience"
Schubert's wonderful gift of melody found its most natural expression in his songs, of which he wrote over six hundred. He seemed to lay hold, with clear purpose, of the various types of emotion and thought in the poems he set, and to choose for each the perfectly appropriate musical expression.
"The Fair Maid of the Mill" is a set of twenty-five poems by Wm. Muller, of which Schubert set a score.
In "A-Roaming" we have the care-free song of the miller's man, who wants to go off and see the world. The mill-wheels don't stand still, says he, and the water always wanders on and on. So will he; heigh-ho for the road!
"Whither?" is the question he puts to the brooklet beside which he takes his way. "You will find your mill to turn, some day, and I'll find my work waiting for me too - somewhere, some day." "The Question", of course, is one of the oldest questions - that of the youth who seeks to know if a maiden loves him. The stars and flowers can't tell him. Maybe the brook can. No? "O tell me, she does love me?" But the brook is tantalizingly silent, for once.
In the "Serenade" the youth, beneath the beloved's window, sings a morning greeting, rhapsodizing about her after the fashion of lovers the world over.
"Impatience". All Nature must bear the message to the beloved - "Thine is my heart, and shall be thine for ever." But impatient love need wait for no messages: her eyes will know the unspoken thought, her heart will feel a heart's devotion.
First Pianoforte Quartet in G Minor Allegro; Andante ; Rondo - Mozart
QUARTET First Two Movements from Pianoforte Quartet in C Minor, No. 1 Allegro Molto Moderato ; Scherzo - Faure
DALE SMITH Autumn - Muriel Herbert
The City Child (First Performance) - Becket Williams
Minnie and Winnie (First Performance) - Becket Williams
My Little Pretty One - Ian Montrose
A Lawsuit - D. M. Stewart
Yarmouth Fair - arr. Peter Warlock
QUARTET Last Two Movements from Pianoforte Quartet in C Minor, No. 1 - Faure