Leader, FRANK Thomas
Moszkowski, brilliant pianist, teacher, composer and conductor, who is probably best remembered and best loved for his bright and melodious music for piano solo and duet, frequently made use of the vivid Spanish rhythms, and these Dances are among the most successful pseudo-Spanish music in existence. More than a mere imitation of the dance forms, it does indeed capture something of the spirit which animates the genuine dances of Spain.
Directed by Sydney Phasey
Relayed from The New Victoria Cinema, Bradford
The Sicilian Vespers is a blood and thunder opera, indeed Wagner called it 'A night of carnage,' so deeply is it concerned with conspiracy and revenge and with a wholesale massacre to conclude the last act. All this, however, could not, in the period in which it was written, 1855, break the tradition which made it necessary that a ballet should take place on the stage at some time during every opera, no matter whether the subject was comedy or tragedy. This music, therefore, will be found to be the light-hearted type of dance music which Verdi made so sparkling and effective, and nothing of a bloodthirsty nature will be heard throughout. The four scenes in the complete Ballet represent respectively: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn.
' The Lion and the Unicorn and the White Knight' from ' Through the Looking Glass ', by Lewis Carroll with Joyce Moore , Ewart Scott , Frederick Burtwell , Ivan Samson ,Andrew Church-man, Ralph de Rohan , Leslie French
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