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: THE COMMODORE GRAND ORCHESTRA

Directed by JOSEPH MUSCANT
From THE COMMODORE THEATRE,
HAMMERSMITH
(Daventry National Programme)

Contributors

Directed By: Joseph Muscant

: ' The First News '

WEATHER FORECAST, FIRST GENERAL
NEWS BULLETIN; London Stock Exchange Report, Bulletin for
Farmers and Football Results

: Light Music

THE J. H. SQUIRE CELESTE OCTET

: Sullivan's Theatre Music

THE WIRELESS CHORUS
THE B.B.C. ORCHESTRAL
(Section C)
Conducted by STANFORD ROBINSON
ORCHESTRA
Overture, The Mikado
CHORUS and Orchestra
Trio, On the Heights of Glan-
Taun; Conceited Piece, The Goblin and the Fairy (The Emerald Isle)
ORCHESTRA
Selection, The Gondoliers
CHORUS and Orchestra
Finale, Act I ; Quartet, Joy and Sorrow alternate (Tho Rose of Persia)
THE Rose of Persia, to a libretto by Basil Hood, was the last light opera which Sullivan completed, appearing at the Savoy Theatre, London, in 1899. Listeners will remember that its successor was to be The Emerald Isle, of which the text is also by Basil Hood , but that Sullivan left it unfinished at his death, at the end of 1900, and that Edward German completed it.
The Rose of Persia is full of Sullivan's simple charm, and. though it is better known now in the form of selections, than as a stage piece, its music bids fair to keep its hold on popular affection. Listeners who know the work may be interested to re-all the numbers which made the creatost hits. There is a joyously martial introduction, leading to the chorus ' With martial gait,' and among those which are most happily remembered are, ' the small Street Arab,' ' Time will soften every blow.' ' Try to forget,' 'The Cup Song,' ' Hassan, thy pity I entreat ' ; most successful of all was the vigorous Finale to the second act. The story is a blend of drama, whimsical romance, and irresponsible nonsense, and the setting is the East of the Arabian Nights rather
' than Persia as it ever really existed.
ORCHESTRA
Overture, The Pirates of Penzance

Contributors

Conducted By: Stanford Robinson
Unknown: Basil Hood
Unknown: Edward German

: Chamber Music

BERKELEY MASON (Pianoforte)
THE PRAGUE STRING QUARTET: RICHARD ZIKA (Violin); HERBERT BERGER (Violin) : LADO CERNY (Viola); VAJA CERNY (Violoncello)
The Prague String Quartet has made the study of Dvorak's music its chief life-work and its greatest joy; its members are themselves his fellow countrymen, knowing, as only they can do, all that Dvorak's music meant to him, all that it enfolds within its wonderful flow of melody, of his own passionate love of homo and fatherland. When they play such music as those quartets, we know that that is how the composer himself would have them given to us, in a wholehearted sympathy with his own great spirit. These two are the very last chamber music he wrote: the one in A Flat, though numbered 105 in the series of his works, while the G Major is called opus 106, was the last of all. Both were written in 1895 and published in 1896 - the fifty-fifth and fifty-sixth years of his busy life. In 1892 he had been given leave to hand over his duties as professor at the Prague Conservatoire, in order to accept an invitation from America, and for three years he was made welcome in the United States as only few musicians from Europe have been. As teacher, composer, and conductor, especially of his own music, he won such success and affection as might well have induced him to make his home in the Now World, had he not been the devoted Czech that nearly all his music reveals. He was an ardent lover, not only of his own land and his own people, but of the quietude of country scenes, and when ho decided to return to Bohemia it was with real thanksgiving that he travelled eastwards again. His happiness is unmistakably reflected in these two string quartets ; both are full of his own native warmth of heart and sunny brightness. Tho scherzo of the A flat quartet is a special favourite with chamber music lovers everywhere, and the tune of its trio is an enchanting one.

Contributors

Violin: Herbert Berger

: 'The Second News'

WEATHER FORECAST, SECOND
GENERAL NEWS BULLETIN

: DANCE MUSIC

AMBROSE and his ORCHESTRA, from THE MAY FAIR HOTEL








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