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: A Welsh Programme

The Mid-Rhondda Co-Operative Juvenile Choir
Conducted by Ardwyn James


Singers: The Mid-Rhondda Co-Operative Juvenile Choir
Conductor: Ardwyn James

: The Cardiff Musical Society

(SEASON 1929-1930)
Relayed from
CA Sea Symphony'
(Vaughan Williams)
MAY Busby (Soprano)
ARTHUR FEAR (Baritone)
(Cerddorfa Genedlaethol Cymru)
Leader, Louis LEVITUS
1. ' A Song for all seas, all ships'
II. ' On the Beach at Night Alone' III. ' The Waves ' (Scherzo) IV. ' The Explorers '
DR. VAUGHAN Williams tells us himself of this Symphony that ' the words as well as the music are treated symphonically ; the orchestra has an equal share with the chorus and soloists in carrying out the musical ideas.' It is thus unlike other works in which solo voices, chorus, and orchestra join forces; the nearest parallel in classical music is the Ninth Symphony of Beethoven. In this work, however, more than in Beethoven's, the voices are used almost as though they were parts of the orchestra, taking their ehare in elaborating and developing the themes ; in a sense in which it is hardly true even of Beethoven's Ninth, voices and orchestra are combined in one, and given as nearly as may be equal shares. The three movements are all based on passages chosen from Walt Whitman 's poems. Listeners will remember that it is a poem of Walt Whitman's which furnishes the text for another work of Vaughan Williams, ' Toward the Unknown
Here each movement sets forth, in something of a pictorial way, the images which the poet calls up, and the symphony, although what is called ' programme ' music, does not set out to tell any coherent story, but rather to present moods. The poems which inspire the three movements are all taken from ' Leaves of Grass ' ; they are, first, ' Seadrift second, ' Song of Exposition ' ; and, third, ' Passage to India.' Besides full modern concert orchestra and a big Choir, the work calls on Soprano and Baritone solo singers.


Leader: Louis Levitus
Conducted By: Warwick Braithwaite
Unknown: Dr. Vaughan Williams
Unknown: Walt Whitman

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