(Led by MARIE WILSON )
Conducted by LESLIE WOODGATE
Sir Charles Stanford was an Irishman, and in his compositions was never so happy as when dealing with Irish National music. These Dances were originally written for pianoforte solo and scored later. The March Jig that he uses is known as ' Maguire's Kick,' the Leprechaun referred to in the third dance, is the name given to a gnome, a familiar figure in Irish fairy lore, who was often malicious, but the principal thing about him was that he knew where hidden treasure was to be found.
Armstrong Gibbs's ballet music was written for Maeterlinck's play, The Betrothal, a sequel to his more popular The Blue Bird. The Betrothal was put on at the Gaiety Theatre in 15)21, and it was the means of bringing Gibbs's work as a composer before a large public.
Wagner wrote very few songs, but this is one of five which ho composed for voice and orchestra.
Actually, it is a study for the love song from Tristan and Isolda, and by those who know Tristan it will be instantly recognised.
The notes which correspond to the letters of Bach's name, B (B flat in Germany), A, C, H (B natural in Germany), adapt themselves admirably as a subject for a fugue. Many composers have used it, even Bach himself, for example, in his great work, ' The Art of Fugue.' As a rule composers intend it as a gesture of homage to the great master, as Liszt has done in this case.
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