HAYDN PIANOFORTE SONATAS
Played by FRANK MERRICK
Sonata, No. 3, in C
Sonata, No. 37, in D
FRANK MERRICK, who is playing the Haydn Sonatas this week, has been a Pianoforte Professor at the Royal College of Music for twenty years. He gives occasional recitals, and one delightful form they take is when his wife joins him in pieces written for two pianos. It was Merrick who, four years ago, gained an award for his completion of Schubert's Unfinished Symphony. He added two movements. Several other competitors added two movements, and if these, or any other attempts have failed in their purpose so far as the public is concerned, it is because the so-called ' Unfinished ' is really nothing of the kind.
JOHN ARMSTRONG (Tenor)
THE CATTERALL STRING QUARTET :
ARTHUR CATTERALL (Violin)
LAURANCE TURNER (Violin)
JOHN FRY (Viola)
HERBERT WITKERS (Violoncello)
RAYMOND JEREMY (Viola 11) QUARTET and RAYMOND JEREMY
HUGO WOLF was a great song-writer.
He composed two operas and some small amount of music in other forms, but it is on his fame as a song-writer-many people think as the greatest of all song-writers-that he lives.
He had something of the temperament of Schubert in his capacity for work. When the fit was on him he would compose songs in great number at great speed-two or three a week for months on end. In two years he wrote two hundred, almost without stopping, and then. as though exhausted and empty of all ideas, he composed nothing for three whole years.
That was the way he worked-at fever heat for weeks on end, scarcely stopping to eat and sleep, then utter lethargy till the beginning of the next fit. For example, these songs set to words by the poet Heyse are published in two volumes. The first volume contains twenty-two songs, written almost at a sitting, or, at any rate, without a break. Then the fit passed and Heyse was not opened for five years, at the end of which time the book of poems was taken up again and a second volume was composed in the same manner as the first.
An erratic, restless mode of life and a morbid strain of paralysis brought Wolf first to a mental asylum and later to an early death at the age of forty-two. That was nearly thirty years ago, and it takes at least that time for genius to take root and grow in public esteem. There are signs that the genius of Hugo Wolf is just about to flower.
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