Relaxed from the Royal Bath Hotel
THE ROYAL BATH HOTEL STRING ORCHESTRA, directed by GILBERT STACEY
IN 1871 Tchaikovsky was very short of money, and decided to try to raise some by giving a concert. He could not afford to engage an orchestra, so he got a String Quartet, and wrote, as a special attraction, the work from which this Movement here arranged for orchestra is taken. The second theme of the piece is a Russian folk-song.
GUSTAV HOLST (one of whose great-grand-fathers, by the way, came to England from the Baltic, and whose family has ever since been as English as possible) started his professional life about thirty years ago as a Trombonist. He is one of the greatest living masters of orchestral writing, and is chiefly famous for his Operas and huge Choral and Orchestral works, several of which listeners will have heard.
There are, however, many sides to his composition. The Marching Song shows that he can write good, simple, swinging tunes, as well as massive, large-scale works.
Andante Cantabile (from Quartet) - Tchaikovsky
Marching Song - Oustav Hoist