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: A Symphony Concert

Relayed from the National Museum of Wales

National Orchestra of Wales

We owe a great deal to Gluck for his bold attempts to reform the weakened, artificial style of eighteenth-century Opera.
He said in a preface to Alcestis that in his Overtures he aimed at letting this preludial music 'indicate the subject and prepare the spectators for the character of the piece they are about to see'.
How Gluck carried out his ideals we shall hear in this Overture, in which the noble, tragic and pathetic qualities of the drama are finely suggested.

To Handel's speed in writing Operas and Oratorios there is a parallel in Mozart's completing three of his greatest symphonies in less than two months. One of them, the great G Minor, took only ten days.
One thing noticeable all through this Symphony is that Mozart has used in it no Drums nor any of the heavier Brass instruments.
Of its four Movements, or separate pieces, the First is quick and bustling-full of restless energy and dramatic fire, with an under-current of anxiety and mystery running through it.
The Second Movement comes as a beautiful, restful relief after the agitation of the First.
The Third Movement is a cheerful, rather ceremonious Minuet.
The Fourth Movement is the sweeping, rushing Finale, whose speed never slackens, though there are moments of tranquillity.

(to 14.00)


Musicians: National Orchestra of Wales

: Toni Farrell (Pianist-Composer)

Syncopated Pianoforte Solos:


Pianist: Toni Farrell

: The Bristol Orchestra

Relayed from the Glen Pavilion, Clifton, Bristol


Musicians: The Bristol Orchestra
Musical Director: Richard Austin

: A Dramatic Recital

by Tom Jones
(Winner, English Elocution, National Eisteddfod of Wales, 1928)


Speaker: Tom Jones

: S.B. from London

(9.45 Local Announcements)

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