No. 1. By Coral Beef and Shady Palm. The opening theme is given out over an insistent pizzicato (plucked) bass which plays an important part throughout the movement. This gradually works up to a climax, after which the first theme is resumed, and a brief Coda, founded on earlier material, brings the movement to a close.
No.2. Savaii Love Song. Over a soft lilting accompaniment, in which the Ukulele is used (probably the first time in music of a serious character), the main theme is given out. This is afterwards treated in imitative style, and ends mysteriously.
No. 3. Festal Dance. This movement is written throughout in the Dorian mode, and is founded upon one theme only. The whole finale is extremely rhythmic and barbaric in character; a long and sustained working-up passage brings the work to an exhilarating conclusion.
Most of the themes used in all the Movements are of Polynesian origin.
Grieg was a fine partner for Ibsen in the presentation of the scenes in Peer Gynt. Not only had the composer a splendid sense of Norwegian local colour, but his imaginative music was just the thing to accompany and intensify the effect of Ibsen's tale of Peer's adventures in many lands.
Morning is the serene prelude to the Fourth Act. Ase's Death (for Muted Strings) refers to Peer's old mother. Anitra's Dance is the dance of a Bedouin girl who bewitches Peer. In the Hall of the Mountain King gives a vivid picture of Peer's reception in the palace of the goblins whom he visited, and who tormented and terrified him.
Relayed from the Summer School of Dramatic Art, Citizen House, Bath.
King Henry VIII: Act III, Scene I
The Palace at Bridewell. A Room in the Queen's Apartment
The Merry Wives of Windsor: Act III, Scene 3
A Room in Ford's House
Sir John Falstaff
Ford (Two Gentlemen dwelling Page at Windsor)
Page (Two Gentlemen dwelling Page at Windsor)
Sir Hugh Evans (a Welsh Parson)
Doctor Caius (a French Physician)
Mistress Page Robin
The Merchant of Venice: Act V, Scene 1
Belmont. The Avenue to Portia's House
Antonio (the Merchant of Venice)
Bassanio (his Friend)
Gratiano Lorenzo (in love with Jessica)
Launcelot Gobbo (a Clown)
Stephano (servant to Portia)
Portia (a rich Heiress)
Nerissa (her Waiting-maid)
Jessica (daughter to Shylock)
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