Conductor, B. WALTON O'DONNELL
JOSEPH FARRINGTON (Bass)
BERNARD SHORE (Viola)
ANTONIO BAZZINI, a nineteenth century
A Italian musician, was in his day an eminent violinist and composer, though little of his work (if one excepts the popular Ronde des Lutins) is heard today. In 1867 he had an opera, Turandot, performed, but it had no success. It is odd that of all those who have attempted to make music to Gozzi's drama-and the number includes Weber and Busoni-only Puccini has really succeeded in coming to grips with a story that seems almost too short to be set to music.
DOROTHY FOLKARD (Pianoforte)
THE SPENCER DYKE STRING QUARTET:
SPENCER DYKE (Violin) TATE GILDER (Violin)
BERNARD SHORE (Viola)
CEDRIC SHARPE (Violoncello)
Quartet in B Flat for Strings, Op. 168 Schubert
1. Allegro ma non troppo ; 2. Andante sostenuto ; 3. Menuetto : Allegro ; 4. Presto
THIS work, which bears a very late (posthumous) opus number was actually composed in 1814, when Schubert was still laboriously teaching little boys at the curiously named ' Convict ' School. It was not published during the composer's lifetime, and the manuscript was probably amongst the ' effects ' which were sold after Schubert's death for a few shillings.
THESE are the second and third movements of the Prelude, Aria and Finale which is, in effect, a pianoforte sonata, and like the former Prelude, Clwral and Fugue, is the form in which César Franck chose to clothe his ideas in symphonic form for the pianoforte. Both these works were written late in the composer's life, and reflect the maturity of Franck's outlook on pianoforte music and keyboard technique.
REINHOLD GLIÈRE is scarcely known in this country except by this quartet, which is in the repertory of most of the leading quartets, and occasionally figures in programmes. Sir Dan Godfrey has, however, performed his third symphony at Bournemouth, while, at Queen's Hall, that other home of enterprise, Gliere's first symphony had its first English performance at a Promenade Concert in 1906. Gliere is a professor of composition in Moscow.
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