Led by Ernest Element
Conducted by Leslie Heward
John Svendsen (1840-1911), son of a military bandmaster, was born at Christiania. At the age of fifteen he played the flute in his father's band and later the clarinet. Then he took up the violin and eight years later went to seek his fortune in Germany, where he secured the interest of a Dr. Leche, who obtained him a small annual grant from the privy purse of Charles XV. This enabled him to study at the Leipzig Conservatorium under Ferdinand David and Richter. He appears to have divided his life between Christiania, Paris, and New York. For five years (1872-7) Svendsen shared with Grieg the conducting of the Union Concerts at Christiania, and in 1883 he became Court conductor at Copenhagen.
Among Svendsen's works are two symphonies, No. 1, in D, and No. 2, in B flat, both of which closely follow the classical form.
A pianoforte recital by Michael Mullinar
La Reine des Coeurs Les Tricoteuses L'Arlequine
Gavotte (F sharp minor)
Les Barricades mysterieuses Le Reveille-Matin La Commere
La Pantomime Les Bergeries
Le Drole de Corps
The largest and most famous family in the history of music was the Bachs. Contemporary with the Bachs, however, was another famous family, the Couperins, who flourished in France. The most distinguished member of the family was Francois Couperin le Grand , who was patronised by Louis XIV and Louis XV. Besides being a great composer, Couperin was a gifted player of the organ and clavecin. Most of his music was written for the latter instrument, and this evening's programme includes some of the best examples of it. His music is full of those qualities that characterise all French art of that period — delicacy, charm, polished workmanship.
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