A Cameo by Gordon McConnel.
Featuring Yvette, The Quaint Comedienne
On the eve of Yvette's debut in a London Cabaret Show, Mac, the Muddlehead, has taken her for a run in a borrowed car to get a breath of fresh country air before dinner. They alight in a pleasant sylvan spot. It is a balmy evening, birds are warbling, brooks are burbling and so is Mac, simply because
Whereupon a thundercloud darkens the sky, hailstones hurtle, and a wintry wind gives rise to a deep depression. Soon, however, the setting sun beams forth with renewed vigour and Yvette rehearses her cabaret numbers; after which the appearance of a new moon on the horizon heralds the intrusion of Cupid, and they return to town -
The dashing youth Phaeton, having been permitted by his father, the Sun, to drive the fiery chariot, loses control of the horses. The car of flame is approaching the earth, and must set it on fire if nothing can intervene. At the last instant Jupiter hurls a thunderbolt, saving the universe, but destroying the rash youth.
This is the story Saint-Saens illustrates in his Symphonic Poem.
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