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: Muriel Middleton (Contralto)


Contralto: Muriel Middleton

: John Stean's Celebrity Orchestra

Relayed from the Carlton Restaurant


Musicians: John Stean's Celebrity Orchestra

: The Toy Box

National Orchestra of Wales
(Cerddorfa Genedlaethol Cymru)
Conducted by Warwick Braithwaite

Even the most austere artist can unbend at times and the man who can make good-humoured fun of his own job is often the most successful in taking it seriously, when that is needed. But to Haydn it can never have been difficult to indulge in wholesome good spirits; almost all his music is instinct with happiness and the brighter side of life. We are inclined to think, in view of the great mass of it, that he must have composed easily and quickly, but he has left it on record himself that that was not so, and that he wrote slowly and with infinite pains. In another place, he says of his own work, 'some of my children are well-bred, some ill-bred, and here and there is a changeling among them.'
This 'Toy Symphony,' one of the slightest works in existence which bears that imposing name, is laid out for only two violins, violoncello and six toy instruments-a child's rattle, a toy trumpet, and drum, and the little instruments which imitate respectively the nightingale, the cuckoo, and the quail. The actual tunes are mainly in the hands of the three string instruments, the toys merely adding to the mirthful effect of the whole. There are only three movements-a merry Allegro, in the orthodox form with two chief tunes, although quite short. It leads without a break into the Minuet and Trio. It is in the usual form and no shorter than many of Haydn's Minuet movements, but the last movement, a bustling Allegro, is very brief, and built up on one simple figure.

(to 23.00)


Musicians: National Orchestra of Wales
Conductor: Warwick Braithwaite

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