Relayed from the Assembly Room, City
Relayed to Daventry Experimental NATIONAL ORCHESTRA of WALES (Cerddorfa Genedlaethol Cymru)
Conducted by WARWICK BRAITHWAITE
MR. PERCY PITT is known to the world of music not only as a distinguished con-, ductor of opera and concert, one who has had a large share in raising Covent Garden opera to the high position it holds, but also as a composer, among whose orchestral works in light-hearted mood, the ' Cinderella Suite ' has always held a favourite place.
Appearing originally as ' A Musical Fairy Tale for Pianoforte Duet, it was afterwards trans-scribed by the composer for orchestra...
The first movement begins in moderate time, after four bars of prelude, with a horn solo whose rhythm is afterwards taken up by the rest of the orchestra. The theme itself is heard now on the strings, now on the woodwinds, and for a moment the music rises to a strong climax, to die away again softly at the end.
The second movement is mysterious in its import. While the brasses have chords, swelling and dying away, the strings and afterwards harp and woodwinds jump about in little figures of elfin fantasy; and like the first movement this one dies away very softly.
The third movement is a dainty waltz with the tune shared at first between clarinet and flute. It is worked out at some length with changes of mood and key, but throughout in flowing waltz rhythm.
A slow movement comes next, whoso principal theme is introduced by flute and strings, with another melody which flute and clarinet play on its first appearance. The music grows in fervour to a big climax, but the end is again in the tender mood of the opening.
Number five is a brisk march with tho first tune in tho woodwinds. The whole orchestra afterwards takes it up and presents it very vigorously, and there is a middle section with a slower, broader melody. At the end we hear the first march tune on the whole strength of the orchestra.