(Leader, ALFRED CAVE)
Conducted by H. FOSTER CLARK
Under the direction of EDGAR MORGAN
The plot of Sir Charles Stanford 's most successful opera, which, by the way, was broadcast about two years ago, deals with a conflict between Irish lads and English soldiers-' rebels' and 'tyrants'as they passionately call each other, and the overture is designed to emphasise this conflict. The composer has included therein two folk-tunes, one Irish and one English. The Irish one is best known to us (from the verses written to fit the music by Alfred Per ceval Graves) as ' Father O'Flynn', but the tune is really that of ' The Top o' the Cork Road '. The English melody is an old marching tune, which even in Cromwell's day was known as ' The Glory of the West.'.
The story of the opera is a good one, and the .music is written in the manner of a folk-opera by a master of his medium, and a musician with a striking sense of the theatre. It was first given in London in 1896, and has been spasmodically performed since then, yet a dozen such works would provide a handsome argument for ithose who sigh for National Opera.
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