from the Town Hall, Birmingham
THE CITY OF
Leader, ALFRED CAVE
Conductor, LESLIE HEWARD
Overture, Romeo and Juliet Andante cantabile for Strings
Pianoforte Concerto No. I, in B fta minor
1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso. 2. Andantino semplice. 3. Allegro con fuoco
(Solo pianoforte, LESLIE ENGLAND)
The ' Romeo and Juliet' overture, one of Tchaikovsky's first important compositions, was written in the early eighteen-seventies at a period when the composer was in close touch with the leaders of the ' nationalist' group in Petersburg, particularly with Balakirev, Rimsky-Korsakov, and the art critic Stassov. The subject of the overture was actually suggested to the composer by Stassov, who had married into an English family and was a passionate admirer of English literature in general, and Shakespeare in particular.
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