Relayed from the National Museum of Wales
NATIONAL ORCHESTRA OF WALES
(Cerddorfa Genedlaethol Cymru)
IN these Concerti Grossi of Handel's, as listeners know well by this time. the effect depends largely on the contrasts between a little team of solo instruments and the main body of the orchestra. Now the solo voices play alone, now there are passages for the orchestra without them ; sometimes the soloists are accompanied by the whole orchestra, and sometimes the two sets of players engage in an animated conversation.
NATIONAL ORCHESTRA OF Wales (Cerddorfa Genedlaethol Cymru)
THIS light-hearted music of Debussy's needs no more explanation than the words in which it is dedicated, ' To my dear little Chou-Chou, with her father's tender excuses for what follows.' There are six movements; 1. Dr. Gradus and Parnassum, no doubt a playful allusion to the famous pianoforte studies of that name, with which so many young people have struggled ; 2. Jimbo's Lullaby ; 3. Serenade for the Doll; 4. The Snow is Dancing ; 5. The Little Shepherd ; 6. The Golliwog's Cake Walk
THE hero of this Symphonic Poem by Glazounov, who gives the piece its name, was a fierce marauder. He waa a terror, with his fierce horde, over a wide area of the Volga, where his own ships sailed in more than regal splendour. The sails were silk, the oars of gold, and in the middle of a pavilion there rested, surrounded by every mark of opulence, the Princess Persane, Stenka's captive and mistress. One day she told his comrades of a dream, in which Stenka had been shot and all his band put to death, while she herself perished in the waves of the Volga.
Her dream came true. Stenka was surrounded by the soldiers of the Czar and, fore-seeing his doom, he said : ' Never, through all the thirty years of my career, have I offered a gift to the Volga. Today I give it what is for me the most precious of all the treasures of the earth'; and with these words he hurled the princess into the stream. His warriors raised a song in his glory and then all flung themselves upon the soldiers of the Czar.
With that description in mind, the music unfolds with vivid picturesqueness. It is a subject such as Glazounov can illustrate admirably, with his command of picturesque orchestral colouring.
(Cerddorfa Genedlaethol Cymru)
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A Play in One Act by HERMON OULD
Rolf, in his service flat, is reading comfortably beside a fire on a chilly night. He has a tray with coffeo and cream beside his chair.
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