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: A Light Symphony Concert

Relayed from the National Museum of Wales.

National Orchestra of Wales

The sights and sounds of Italy, which country Mendelssohn visited when he was twenty-one, inspired this Symphony. It has four Movements.
First we have a quick and active Movement, full of youthful joy.
Next follows a rather slow, steadily-moving piece, often called 'The Pilgrims' March though Mendelssohn never gave it that name.
The Third Movement is a graceful light Minuet.
The Finale was, like the First Movement, written in Rome. It perhaps represents the spirit of the Mid-Lent Carnival which Mendelssohn saw when he was there. At any rate, its chief tunes are all typical lively Italian dance-tunos.


Musicians: National Orchestra of Wales

: Lyndon Harries: The Pedometer

from "A Tramp Abroad"


Performer: Lyndon Harries

: Organ Recital

by James N. Bell.
Relayed from the New Palace Theatre, Bristol.


Organist: James N. Bell

: S.B. from London

(9.45 Local Announcements)

: An Instrumental Concert

National Orchestra of Wales
Leader: Albert Voorsanger
Conducted by Warwick Braithwaite

For a long time Mendelssohn had (as he put it) a Violin Concerto 'swimming about in his head in a shapeless condition'.
At last, after six years, it crystallized, and in making its first appearance in public it became an instantaneous success.
In the First Movement (Very quick, impassioned) there are two main themes. The first is given out at once, at a high pitch, by the Solo Violin. The Second (which is delayed for some time) is a placid melody played by a quartet of Flutes and Clarinets (Clarinets at first on the top), whilst below, the Soloist sustains his lowest note.
Most of the Movement is made out of those two Tunes. At the end, if there is no break, a Bassoon is left suspended on a long-held note, which leads into-
The Second Movement (Moving gently).
This is a sort of exalted 'Song without Words'.
Following on the Second Movement there is a passage of meditation and indecision for Strings (led by the Soloist), then, with a preliminary fanfare, we are plunged into the exuberant, dancing Finale.


Musicians: National Orchestra of Wales
Orchestra leader: Albert Voorsanger
Conductor: Warwick Braithwaite

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