Relayed from the Grotrian Hall , London
SECOND CONCERT - ITALY.
THE VENETIAN STRING QUARTET: LUIGO FERRO; OSCAR CREPAS; VITTORIO FAEL; EDOARDO GUARNIERI
Singer: KATHLEEN LAFLA
(First Performance in England.)
FOR most people, Italian music ' has always meant Opera, and little else. It is only in comparatively recent years that Italian Chamber and Orchestral music has been widely cultivated. Now there are many lively-minded Composers at work in Italy seeking expression through these media, and producing a number of extremely interesting works, in strikingly diverse manners
Mario Labroca , who is in his thirtieth year, was a pupil of two of the most distinguished modern Italian Composers, Ottorino Respighi and Francesco Malipiero (works by both of whom are presented in this concert-though that by Respighi will not be broadcast).
Labroca, who is the Music Critic of L'Idea Nazionale of Rome, has written a good deal of Chamber Music, including a Suite, and a piece called March Rhythms, for Piano, a Sonatina for Violin and Piano, a Suite for Viola and Piano, and this String Quartet, still in manuscript, which is now to be performed for the first time in this country. It is a work of no great complexity, but of considerable beauty.
Le Stagioni Italiehe (The Italian Seasons) G. Francesco Malipiero Autumn ; Winter ; Spring ; Summer
(At the Piano : HUBERT J. Foss
(born in 1882) is descended from an old Venetian family from which came several of the Doges of that city. After some years spent abroad, in Germany and Austria, he began the serious study of music comparatively late-when he was nearly twenty. He worked with Enrico Bossi (one of those who, at the end of last century, helped Italian music students to develop interest in Symphonies and Chamber Music), and later with Max Bruch in Germany. He is now Professor of Composition at the Conservatoire of Parma. He has made a deep study of old Italian music of the seventeenth century, and has edited some of this music in a notable collection published in Milan.
He had written a number of stage works-Ballets, Opeias, a 'Symphonic Drama,' and a 'Mystery,' St. Francis of Assisi.
THIS Composer bears a name famous in the history of Italian music. The Guarnieri family of Cremona, in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, made violins that arc treasured by fiddlers the world over.
The Guarnieri family of more recent time includes, as did that other, a good many string players. Antonio is a well-known 'Cellist and Conductor, Edoardo plays the 'Cello in the Quartet party that is playing to us to-night, and Francesco, the Composer of the work we are now to hear, is a violinist, born at Venice, in 1867. He lived for years in France (where he was a pupil of Franck, and founded the International Society of Chamber Music) and spent some time in Russia and England. Then he became a Professor in the Benedetto Marcello High School at Venice. One of his educational works has been the editing of Violin music of older days. Among his compositions are two Operas, a Sonata, .a Violin Concerto, and this new Quartet, which is being given for the first time in this country.
NOTE: The remainder of the Concert, consisting of Respighi's 'Doric' Quartet, will not be broadcast.