Relayed from the University, Leeds
Norman Rouse (Violin)
Sydney Errington (Viola)
Arthur Haynes (Violoncello)
T. H. Shepherd (Double Bass)
Edward Allam (Pianoforte)
Quintet in A, Op. 114 (The Trout)....Schubert
(North Regional Programme)
(Christmas Season, 1932-3)
CONCEPCIO BADIA D'AGUSTÍ (Soprano)
JUAN MANEN (Violin)
THE B.B.C. SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
(Principal First Violin, CHARLES WOODHOUSE)
Conducted by Sir HENRY WOOD
Relayed from The Queen's Hall, London
(Sole Lessees, Messrs. Ghappell and Co., Ltd.)
(First Performance in England)
In listening to these folk-songs it is best to forget all one's ideas of what is called Spanish music. Catalonia, though a province of Spain, has an independent folk tradition, and its music differs a good deal from the neighbouring Castalian and Andalusian melodies and rhythms.
Robert Gerhard is a Catalan, born in 1896, and he has here treated these charming Catalonian folk songs with great spirit and delicacy. He was first of all a pupil of Felipe Pedrell , of whom we hear but little, but who, in his day, was one of the most influential teachers in Spain. He next fell under the influence of Falla, Albeniz and Granados, and later Arnold Schonberg , so that his opportunities have obviously been great. He is a composer of whom we shall hear more in the future. These folk-songs were first introduced in June last, at the Festival in Vienna of the International Society for Contemporary Music. Concepcio Badia D'Agustí was the singer on that occasion, as she is again tonight.
The texts of the songs are of typical ballad type. In the first the singer is reminding his sweetheart of the happiness they have had together and brings in the lark U.ey can both see and hear as a symbol of their love. The second tells of the every-day happiness of the plough-boy; he starts off early for the field; a girl brings him breakfast, and together they happily eat and drink. In the third the singer is talking of his home and recalling how his parents exhorted him to work as bringing the greatest happiness. In the fourth song the singer is giving voice to joy in his bachelorhood and declaring that he will have nothing to do with marriage or women, preferring to live blithely alone ' In summer in the shade, in winter in the sun.' In the last song three or four people are dancing together, including the Surgomaster, the Town Clerk and the Vicar. The singer scorns all such frivolities; for his part, he neither dances nor drinks with the girls. Presently the devil comes along and carries away the dancers in a sack.
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