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: A Light Orchestral Concert

Relayed from the National Museum of Wales
BEETHOVEN'S Fidelia had several vicissitudes of fortune before it became a success, and for each new production ho wrote a fresh Overture. One of these exists in two different forms, so we may count Fidelio'8 Overtures as actually five.
The so-called Third Overture (actually the second in order of composition) begins with a short, slow Introduction, and then the vigorous main body of the Overture begins. There are two chief tunes-the very soft and mysteriously-opening one, and a succeeding smoothly-flowing one.
Note the dramatically interrupting Trumpet call in the middle of the Overture (generally performed, in the concert-room, by a player out of sight behind the Orchestra) ; this represents the crucial moment in the play, when the Minister of State appears-just in time to save the hero trom execution.
THE web-spinning of a woman, and the weakness of the strong man when love ensnares him—these are the ideas behind Saint-Saens' piece... It will be remembered that Hercules, as a penance for a crime, had to hire himself out for three years. He took service with Omphale, Queen of Lydia , and worked at her side amongst the women-in so uncouth a manner as to win him many a blow. You may hear in this music the whirl of the wheels, the derision of the Queen, and the sorrow of the enslaved hero.

Contributors

Unknown: Queen Of Lydia

: Mr. F. O. MILES: The Film-III, The Film as an Art Form '

IN this talk, early experiments will bo considered and Mr. Miles will deal with the limitations of naturalism, discussing such well-known films as Ben Hur and The Thief of Baghdad.

Contributors

Unknown: Ben Hur

: WILKIE BARD

(In the Beauty Parlour)








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