Relayed from the National Museum of Wales
National Orchestra of Wales
When, in 1809, it was decided to perform Goethe's Egmont in Vienna, Beethoven was commissioned to write for it the introductory and incidental music, which finely matches the dramatic story of the hero of the Netherlands who fought against the Spanish oppression.
The Overture is full of the pride and heroism of Egmont.
Debussy's Orchestral Prelude, The Afternoon of a Faun, is a dream-picture of a yesterday - afternoon, vaguely remembered by a Faun (a wood-land half-deity) who tries to recall whether he actually encountered nymphs, white and golden goddesses,'or whether it was but the shadow of a vision, no more substantial than the notes of his own flute'.
The music was suggested by a poem of Mallarme. It does not have to be 'followed' but rather felt or experienced, so filmy and luxurious is this wonderful painting in the tones of a modern orchestra.
The Wild Geese was the name given to the Irish Brigade in the service of France-a brigade that found its origin in the exiles of the end of the seventeenth century.
At Fontenoy, in 1745, the French (thanks to their Irish Brigade, it is said) beat the English, the Dutch, and the Austrians. The legend says that during the night following the battle the bodies of the 'Wild Geese' rose and flew away, and by dawn the flock was seen on the coast of Ireland.
The course of the music is as follows: (a) A slow Introduction (and thoughts of the exiles?); (b) A quick Irish tune by the Flutes and another by Flutes and Piccolo (the spirit of Irish adventure?); (c) A quieter passage, with its peaceful Oboe tune broken here and there by a touch of military music; (d) Night music, very quiet, but with an undercurrent of anticipation of the strife of the morrow; (e) A trumpet call, and the Irish tune again, used this time with a suggestion of battle; (f) A final section, which suggests the resurrection of the warriors, their flight to Ireland and their apotheosis.
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Some more Heterodyned History by 'L. du G.' of Punch
I. A Children's Party
II. At the Field of the Cloth of Gold
III. Henry in the Home
IV. Why Wolsey left Home
V. Henry's Wedding Eve
VI. Another Eve
VII. Marry, come up; or the Mystery of the Odd Bodkin
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L. du G. of Punch [Lawrence du Garde
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