B. WALTON O'DONNELL
The subject of Rimsky-Korsakov's Symphonic Suite ' Scheherazade ' is from the Arabian Nights, and the score is prefaced with the following note : * The Sultan Schahriar , convinced of the infidelity of the whole race of women, has sworn to send each of his wives to death after only one bridal night. But Scheherazade saves her life by interesting him in tales which she recounts one after another for one thousand and one nights. Impelled by curiosity, the Sultan puts off from day to day the fate of the lady, and ends, as all the world knows, by renouncing his blood-thirsty intention '.
from St. Mary's, Haddington
Conducted by the Rev. WILLIAM J. FORBES
Order of Service
Psalm xlii, 3-5 (Tune, Martyrs) Prayer
Hymn, Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim (Rv. C.H. 168 ; A. and M. 704) (Tune, Laudate Dominum)
Paraphrase No. 42 (Tune, Kilmamock)
Address by the Very Rev.
MARSHALL B. LANG , D.D.
Hymn, Our Blest Redeemer, ere He breathed (Rv. CH. 180; A. and M. 207)
Organist, G. H. ALLATT
Rev. William J.
Franck's Symphony in D, minor was' the result of very careful thought and much labour, for it was begun in 1880 but not finished until 1888. It was first performed in the following year at a concert of the Paris Conservatoire. Gounod described itas ' the affirmation of impotence carried to the length of dogma ', which is very different from Vincent d'Indy's opinion that it is a constant ascension to pure joy and life-giving light, because its construction is solid, and its themes are manifestations of pure beauty. What can be more joyous, more healthily alive, than the principal motif of the Finale, round which cluster — as if to crystallise themselves—all the other ideas of- the work, while in the higher regions that one which has. justly been christened " the motif of Faith " always dominates the score.'
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