(Leader, ALFRED CAVE)
Conducted by LESLIE HEWARD
MIRANDA SUGDEN (soprano)
This new orchestra of thirty-five players was established by an agreement between the B.B.C. and the City of Birmingham Orchestra, and is to be employed by the former all the year round for Studio Concerts both for Midland Regional and in the daytime ' pool'. Leslie Heward , of the City Orchestra, will be conducting some of the concerts ; others will be taken by the new Regional Music Director.
Saint-Saens's symphonic poems are actually based upon Liszt's, as are all symphonic poems written since Liszt's day. All such works vary very slightly in construction, and have, as a rule; an artistic resemblance to that type of story known as the conte. They are almost always based upon some literary model and are economical in their subject matter as a really good concise short story. The plot of Danse Macabre is of the simplest. The scene is a graveyard at night; the clock strikes, and Death appears, knocks on the graves, and starts tuning his fiddle. In answer to his summons, several skeletons appear and dance wildly to Death's fiddling. Presently the cock crows, the dance ceases, and all disappear as the day breaks;
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