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: A Popular Concert

Relayed from the National Museum of Wales

National Orchestra of Wales

Berlioz had a white-hot imagination always ready to pour out brilliant ideas in the most grandiloquent way. Add to that the fact that he had at his finger-tips an amazing knowledge of orchestration, and you may well expect that in this picture of A Roman Carnival in the sixteenth century he will make you see the gorgeous affair as vividly as he himself did when he wrote the overture.

Armstrong Gibbs, in 1921, was invited by Granville Barker to compose music for the production of Maeterlinck's The Betrothal Hero is some of that distinctive and very appropriate music.

Tchaikovsky's Suite consists of four Movements: (1) Elegy; (2) Melancholy Waltz; (3) Scherzo; (4) Theme and Variations. The last is a lengthy piece-twelve Variations in Tchaikovsky's most brilliant vein, showing him as one of the deftest writers in this form, and a magnificent orchestrator. The Polonaise, the last of the Variations, is the longest and most developed.
Like many of the works of this self-doubting man, the Suite was produced in anxiety, with many a dubious moment, and the inevitable query, 'Am I played out?' His moods of exaltation were often shot with fear. When he had finished the work ho wrote, 'A work of greater genius than the new Suite never was. My opinion of the new-born composition is thus optimistic. God knows what I shall think of it a year hence...'
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Musicians: National Orchestra of Wales

: Stanley Dark: 'And that reminds me'


Speaker: Stanley Dark

: The Growth of Soccer in Wales; Sport in the West of England

The Growth of Soccer in Wales

Harry Hart interviewed by L. E. Williams

Sport in the West of England
Leigh Woods


Interviewee (The Growth of Soccer in Wales): Harry Hart
Interviewer (The Growth of Soccer in Wales): L.E. Williams
Speaker (Sport in the West of England): Leigh Woods

: S.B. from London

(10.30 Local Announcements; Sports Bulletin)
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