SURYA SENA (Sinhalese Folk-songs)
THE B.B.C. ORCHESTRA
(Strings of Section D)
(Led by LAURANCE TURNER )
Conducted by LESLIE HEWARD
Concerto Grosso in E minor (Op. 6, No. 3) Handel
1. Larghetto, Andante ; 2. Allegro ; 3. Polonaise : Andante ; 4. Allegro, ma non troppo
Nearly two hundred years ago-that is to say, in 1739, when this Grand Concerto, one of twelve, was composed-Handel was alive, very popular, and was still composing as hard as he could go. Besides, there was not then anything like the modern choice from which to make up programmes, and Handel's share was naturally a lion's one. There can be little doubt that these Grossi Concerti were popular with audiences of those days, as were the twelve organ concertos written about the same time, and in no place was Handel's music more welcome than in the Gardens of Vauxhall and Ranelagh. The organ concertos were certainly played there, for a new and expensive organ had recently been built in the rotunda of Vauxhall Gardens; and the Grand Concertos figure often in the programmes. Handel was, of course, a frequent visitor to the Gardens, and an honoured one. One recalls all this because, if such an imposing title as Concerto Grosso did not appal the very mixed audiences at Vauxhall, it need not appal any listener tonight. As a matter of fact, these ' Grand Concertos ' are extremely robust, jolly things, and far more free and unlicensed in form than was the kind of work which presently took its place-the symphony.
The first three of his native Sinhalese songs which Surya Sena is singing are remarkable for their great antiquity. They are sung, as all Indian melodies are sung, without harmonic accompaniment-for the Tambura, a stringed instrument which will be used as a bass, makes only a drone. The words and melodies of such songs as these are based on the gait and movements of various animals, birds, and reptiles.
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