Relayed from the National Museum of Wales
THE YELLOW PRINCESS. a one-act fantasy in which a Dutch scientist dreams that he visits Japan, was the first stage piece that Saint-Saena wrote. He was thirty-seven when it was produced- His collaboration with Louis Collet (who wrote the story, in verse) was not a public success, only five performances being given. The Overture shows how eharmingly the composer could suggest an atmospnere of romance and piquant strangeness.
SCHUBERT lived six years after writing the first two Movements and sketching part of the Third, but ho apparently never felt inclined to finish the work.
No one would wish anything added to the two lovely Movements, the First with its blend of tender optimism and wistfulness, and the Second outpouring its serene and comforting music so beneficently.
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