THIS is the first of eight Thursday readings of a shortened version of Swift's immortal' Gulliver's Travels.' The eight readings will complete the whole of this shortened version. Swift's amazing satire has suffered a strange handling. It was written as a fierce and biting satire upon the follies of mankind, and it has, for generations, been given as light reading to children of tender years. The truth is, of course, that in an expurgated version ' Gulliver's Travels' is equally good a story as it is a moral satire ; its pure objectivity guarantees that. This reading by Mr. Watkins, who is already familiar to listeners for his poetry readings, should serve to give us an unusually vivid conception of Swift's work.
LEONARD GOWINGS (Tenor)
LEONARD HIRSCH (Violin)
THE WIRELESS MILITARY BAND
Conducted by VICTOR HELY-HUTCHINSON
The Tragic Overture was composed in the same year (1880) as the Academic Festival Overture.
Two chords from the whole orchestra introduce a typical Brahms theme in a steady tempo. In a slightly, changed form the opening is repeated, and then there is a short theme, four bars long, of which the third and fourth bars are the first and second turned upside down. After some development, there is a tune played first by oboes and then horns which trombones and tubas carry on. After that, the real second theme is heard for the first time. a more serene and happy tune, but soon the music grows more agitated and works up to a climax. There, we hear still another now theme before the earlier ones return to form the customary recapitulation. Towards the end there is a little fugato made of a bit of the first tune, and the Overture closes with a coda, also built up on it.
Tragic Overture - Brahms
LEONARD GOWINGS From the Land of the Sky Blue Water - Cadman
The Devon Maid - Frank Bridge
Serenade - Toselli
BAND Symphony on French Themes Divertissement; Andantino with Variations : Rondo Brillant - Schubert, arr. Gerrard Williams
LEONARD HIRSCH Serenade - Rachmaninov
Giboulée (A Shower) - Muriel Herbert
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso - Saint-Sains
LEONARD GOWINGS Those Azure Eyes - G. W. Cox
Sealed Orders - C. Willeby
Fifinella - Herbert Oliver
BAND Suite (No. 1), ' 'L'Arlésienne' ('The Maid of Aries ') Prelude ; Minuetto ; Adagietto; Carillon - Bizet
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