B. WALTON O'DONNELL
HUGHES MACKLIN (Tenor)
BIZET, known to all the world as the composer of Carmen, wrote a good deal of other music, not only for the theatre, but for the concert room. Among it is a set of twelve pieces for pianoforte duet, composed, not, as their name might suggest, as music for singing games, such as are in daily use in schools now, but rather as little meditations on the happiness of childhood and its ways. Five of these he arranged at a later date for orchestra, in which form they have won a wider popularity than they enjoyed as pianoforte duets. The five movements are: a Miniature March, in which a little procession is heard approaching and passing by; a Cradle Song, in which woodwinds and muted strings share; an Impromptu with the name of 'The Humming Top'; a Duet with the subtitle 'Little Husband and Little Wife,' and a Merry Dance - a a Galop.
THOUGH counted as one of the shining lights of the present day school of Italian opera, Wolf-Ferrari is partly German, not only by descent, but by training. And it was a Festival of Wagner's works at Bayreuth which did a good deal to make up his mind for him that music, and not painting, was to be his career. Some of his most encouraging successes, also, have been won in Germany, and the opera, The Jewels of the Madonna, had its first performance in Berlin. We have heard it fairly often in this country, both at Covent Garden and from the Carl Rosa Opera Company on their tours; but however well the music carries on the intensely dramatic traditions of Mascagni and Leoncavallo, the story is too brutally tragic ever to find real favour with British audiences. Quite unlike the delicate charm of Susanna's Secret or The Inquisitive Ladies, by which operas Wolf-Ferrari first made his name, this one is not less distinguished in its fine melodies. It may bo that these two entr'actes will remain the most popular numbers from it; they can be enjoyed without the hearer's sensibilities being hurt by the sordid story.
From ST. MARGARET'S, WESTMINSTER
DR. STANLEY MARCHANT, Follow of the Royal Academy of Music, where he is also a Professor, Follow of the Royal College of Organists, and Doctor of Music of Oxford University, is a Londoner by birth and training. He studied at the Academy, where ho was Goss scholar, and at the ago of only sixteen had his first appointment as a Church organist, at St. Mary's, Kensington. Four years later he went to Christ Church, Newgate Street, in tho City, and in 1913 returned to tho West End as organist of St. Peter's, Eaton Square. In 1916, when the late Charles Macpherson succeeded Sir George Martin at St. Paul's Cathedral, Dr. Marchant was appointed sub-organist; on Macpherson's death, in 1927, he was promoted to the place which of itself stamps a musician as one of the loaders in the organ world, one which ho tills with all the distinction which its long tradition demands.
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