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: ' The First News '

BULLETIN and Bulletin for Farmers




Soprano: Grace Reynolds

: A Symphony Concert

(Section D)
Conducted by E. GODFREY BROWN
ARNOLD TROWELL (Violoncello)
Haydn was fifty-eight when he first came to London, and his reputation was that of the first composer in Europe. He had contracted with Salomon, the conductor and impresario, to compose, besides other works, six symphonies (of which this to be played tonight is one) while he was here. The first performance of each of the six symphonies took place in the old Hanover Square Rooms, Salomon conducting, with Haydn at the clavier. The concerts were uniformly successful and audiences tremendously enthusiastic. But though Haydn was faithful to his undertaking the strain of so much composing in the time ho could snatch from a round of social activities to which he was not used, began to tell on him. ' Not a day, no, not a single day, passes without work, and I shall thank God when He allows me to leave London..... I long for rest with all my heart.'
Tchaikovsky composed this work in 1876, between his tone poem Francesco. da Rimini and the Fourth Symphony. It was apparently written for one of the professors at the Moscow Conservatoire, William Fitzhagen , to whom it is dedicated. It consists of seven variations on an original theme, florid and graceful, decorative in the ' rococo ' stylo of the eighteenth century, but not as inspired as one expects in a melody of Tchaikovsky.
According to an old legend, the spirits of the men of the Irish Brigade who were killed on the field of Fontenoy took the form of wild geese, when darkness fell, and flew home to Ireland. That is the theme which Sir Hamilton Harty has set forth in this picturesque orchestral piece, making use of Irish idioms, if not actual Irish tunes.
Representative English musician though he was, the late Sir Charles Stanford was at heart a real Irishman, and was never happier than when dealing with the folk music of his own country. In the Irish Rhapsodies he has given us much that is eloquent of the real spirit of Ireland, embodying in most of them something of the old legends, as well as the old music. The great popularity of No. 1, and in a lesser degree No. 4, has reacted rather unfavourably on the others. which are much less often heard. This fifth one will be recognised as in every way as full of the poetry and mystery of the old Celtic days as anything in the realm of present-day music.


Unknown: Laurance Turner
Conducted By: E. Godfrey Brown
Conducted By: Arnold Trowell
Unknown: William Fitzhagen
Unknown: Sir Hamilton Harty
Unknown: Sir Charles Stanford

: ' The Second News '



AMBROSE and his ORCHESTRA, relayed from The
May Fair Hotel

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