Relayed from THE PARK HALL, CARDIFF
NATIONAL ORCHESTRA OF WALES
(Corddorfa Genedlae thol Cymru)
Conducted by WARWICK BRAITHWAITE
THE 'Carnival' Overture is part of a larger work consisting of throe Overtures which Dvorak intended to be performed at once. As he conceived it, the three were called ' Nature,' ' Life,' and ' Love.' _ But in this country the second, much better known than either of the others, appears always under the title ' Carnival.'
The Overture begins in a real Carnival spirit with a brisk and joyous theme. The falling fourth which is three times repeated at the end of it becomes the starting point for the next tune, and there is one other, introduced by the viola, which has a largo share in the first section. A second main theme appears soon, of rather melancholy character, and thereafter the Overture pursues the customary course, except that the section which is known as the ' working out' is interrupted by a little slow episode in which the flute plays a plaintive melody over a reiterated phrase on the English Horn.
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