THE STATJOX SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. conducted by Capt. W. A. FEATHERSTONE.
THE Athalie in question is the tragedy of 1 Racine. Mendelssohn wrote music for a performance of it in Berlin over eighty years ago. One piece from it, The War March of the Priests, is well known.
Capt. W. A.
WHEN Mozart was in the service of the ill-natured Archbishop of Salzburg he found a good deal of pleasure in the friendship of the Haffner family
For the wedding of one daughter of Herr Haffner he composed (when he was only eighteen) some short pieces which form the Serenade known by his friend's name. Eight years later, for tho marriage of another daughter of the same family, ho wrote the Haffner Symphony. The title affords a useful means of distinguishing this Symphony from tho baker's dozen of his other Symphonies in the same key of D.
The Haffner has the usual four Movements.
1. Quick, Spirited. The First Main Tune strikes off immediately with bold octave jumps. It is soon followed by a Second Tune, but side by side with this appears the First Tune again. The Second Tune is really only a running accompaniment, on Bass Strings and Bassoon, to the First; that opening motive, indeed, dominates the Movement, being rarely absent for long.
In the last few bars there is a dash down the scale from one note to the octave below; that Mozart used as a leading theme in the last of his Symphonies, the Jupiter.
II. Here is the greatest contrast to the bustling ardour of the First Movement.
This slow Movement is all gentle grace and charm. Only Oboes, Bassoons, and Horns, with String, are used.
First Violins have the First Main Tune.
The Second Main Tune daintily trips from Second Violins and Violas (while the First Violin repeats one note, aloft).
This matter is ' recapitulated ' after a very short interlude.
III. For the Minuet the Trumpets and Drums are added to the instruments that played the Second Movement.
All the instruments play in the first part. In the middle portion (or Trio) the Oboes and Bassoons have the melody, in duet-a a delightful change of colour and weight of tone.
The first part repeated ends the Movement.
IV. This is a sprightly affair, a Rondo that runs on velvet. Three Chief Times appear.
The First Main Tune is heard, softly, from the Strings. So is the Second Tune (Bassoon strengthening the Bass this time).
The Third Tune is in a minor key. Its distinguishing mark is the group of three rising notes in the bass, with one scale-note omitted between each.
On these blended ideas the Movement is constructed.
, with Violin Obbligato and Orchestra
THE Shepherd King (11 He Pastore) is a short
Music Drama ' (Mozart's own title) in Two Acts. It is an early work, written, when Mozart was Director of Music to the Archbishop of Salzburg, for the celebrations which were arranged when the Archduko Maximilian (the younger brother of Marie Antoinette ) paid the Archbishop a visit.
This Air is one of the few extracts from the Opera that we hear nowadays. The words run thus :-
' will love her, constant ever,
As a husband, as a lover.
For her beats my heart alone.
Jn so dear, so sweet a treasure
Joy I'll find, joy without measure,
Peace shall claim me for her own.'
The music is quiet and expressive, and the orchestration is very interesting, Mozart having used, among other instruments, two Cors Anglais and a Solo Violin.