A best-seller, like tested wire, can hold up an astonishing weight of reputation. Gabriel Pierne is a musician of consequence in France, though it is very doubtful if even his name would convey very much to us over here were it not for the famous serenade, to be heard again this afternoon. This serenade is the progenitor of a very numerous family. Nearly all
a numerous family. Nearly all modern serenades are made in the likeness of Pierne's, but few are anything like as goo fewer as long-lived.
Then there is the equally famous "Still as the Night" of Carl Bohm. Bohm was a contemporary of Brahms, and published, as did Brahms, with the firm of Lengnick. Brahms, who did not write best-sellers, cost Lengnick a lot of money, which Bohm, who did write them, was the means of supplying. Thus did the lesser man earn and occupy his little niche in the temple of fame.
Relayed from THE QUEEN'S HALL
(Sole Lessees, Messrs. Chappell and Co., Ltd.)
THE B.B.C. SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
(Principal Violin, CHARLES WOODHOUSE)
Conducted by SIR HENRY WOOD
CLARA SERENA (Contralto)
FRANK PHILLIPS (Bass-Baritone)
FRANK MERRICK (Pianoforte)
HAYDN was bom twenty-four years before Mozart, and survived him for nearly twenty years more. It was natural, therefore, that Mozart should first profit from Haydn's experience, and inevitable that he should advance beyond it. There is something very pleasant in the fact of these two highly-gifted men playing the game of emulation one against the other, entirely without jealousy, and in the cause of art; and something very touching in their relations. Mozart dedicated six quartets to Haydn, 'for,' he said, 'from Haydn I first learnt how to compose a quartet' and Haydn said to Mozart's father, ' I declare to you before God as a man of honour, that your son is the greatest composer that I know, either personally or by reputation ; he has taste, and beyond that the most consummate knowledge of the art of composition.'
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