THE SUTTON COLDFIELD MUSICAL
From THE TOWN HALL, SUTTON COLDFIELD
THE CITY OF BIRMINGHAM ORCHESTRA
Conducted by HAROLD GRAY
Overture, The Flying Dutchman
Senta's Ballad (The
WHEN the curtain rises on the second act of Wagner's Flying Dutchman, wo see a room in the house of Daland, Senta's father. The walls are hung with pictures of ships and sailors and in a prominent place is a portrait of the Dutchman himself, grim and sinister. Senta, leaning back in her chair, has her eyes fixed on the picture, while her old nurse Mary and neighbour-girls are busy spinning. The girls plead with Senta for the old ballad of the Dutchman, and when the spinning-wheels are silent, she sings it. It is a fine air, which combines something of the simplicity of folk-song with the dramatic force of the story. It tells of the ship with blood-red sails and black masts, whose captain never sleeps and who will be delivered from his lifelong curse only if he can find a maiden to love him faithfully for always. At the end Senta sings of herself as the one whose love will save him, praying that an angel may guide him to her.
Forest Murmurs (Siegfried)
Siegfried's journey to the Rhine (Siegfried)
Wotan's Farewell and the Fire Music (The
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