CEREDIG JONES (Bass)
QAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR was still a young man when lie died-no more than thirty-seven. But in his short life he achieved a great deal of useful work, not only as a composer, but as a conductor and a musician, taking an active interest in the activities of his immediate circles as well as of English musicians generally. He wrote the popular Hiawatha's Wedding Feast while still a student at the R.C.M., and from that time his music was greatly in demand, a good deal of it being definitely commissioned. In particular he was engaged from time to tune to compose the incidental music to various plays put on at His Majesty's Theatre. Amongst others were four of Stephen Phillips 's plays— Herod, Ulysses, Nero and Faust—and later he composed the music to Shakespeare's Othello, some of which is to be heard tonight. In this
'branch of Tiis art he was highly successful, and in many ways unapproachable as a dramatic colourist with a palette entirely his own.
Stiles Allen (Soprano)
The B.B.C. Orchestra (Section D) (Led by Marie Wilson)
Conducted by Edward Clark.
More than twenty years ago, "The Secret of Susannah", a charming little one-act opera, was put on at Covent Garden and gave a great deal of pleasure. The music, although modern in tone, had in some places quite a Mozartian touch, and there seemed nothing to prevent the dainty thing from becoming permanently popular. But a plot that turns on a wife smoking a cigarette in secret and being discovered by a shocked but forgiving husband strikes the present age as too silly to be either funny or fantastic, and the ingenuous little opera is now heard no more. But Wolf-Ferrari's next opera was altogether different. It dealt with the dreaded Camorra, Italian "toughs," and brutal emotions - kind of operatic "On the Spot."' The music, passionate and picturesque, made of the lurid drama a riot of colour, and for a few years "The Jewels of the Madonna" was heard in this country, hut now, like "The Secret of Susannah", it is heard no more. Can it be that modern opera dates more readily than it used to do?
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