B. WALTON O'DONNELL
ROBERT EASTON (bass)
Preciosa waj a Spanish play, adapted from the novel by Cervantes, and needed music of a Spanish type to make it effective. Weber was asked to write the incidental music, for, though he had never been in Spain, he was known to be expert in creating local colour. He had, for example, composed excellent music for Schiller's Turandot without having to go to China for his material.
Weber was all the more agreeable to accept the commission since, having finished Der Freischiitz, he was contemplating writing an opera on a Spanish subject, and had actually composed some of the numbers. For this purpose he had studied the Spanish idiom, so that the local colour was safe in his hands. He did, as a matter of fact, produce the colour of Spanish music very effectively into the Preciosa music, introducing a number of gypsy rhythms and Spanish National melodies. The complete music of the play consists of an overture and eight other numbers, mostly choruses.
THE B.B.C. DANCE ORCHESTRA
Directed by HENRY HALL
Guest night tonight becomes part of a programme specially arranged to celebrate a double anniversary-the B.B.C. Dance Orchestra begins its fourth year of broadcasting with this programme and ' Guest Night ' itself is just one year old. Nearly 200 guest artists have appeared with Henry Hall during the year, many of them coming to the microphone for the first time. Echoes of some of these Guest Nights will be heard in 'Hall Marks ' with a programme of tunes in reminiscent mood played by the B.B.C. Dance Orchestra.
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