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(Section E)
Conducted by JOSEPH LEWIS
(London Regional Programme)


Unknown: Marie Wilson
Conducted By: Joseph Lewis


A Stravinsky Programme
Relayed from
The Free Trade Hall, Manchester
STRAVINSKY (pianoforte)
Fantasy for Orchestra, Feuerwerk
Suite Italiene for Violin and Pianoforte
Concerto in D for Violin and Orchestra
1. Toccata ; 2. Aria (i); 3. Aria (ii) ; 3. Capriccio
Fireworks is one of Stravinsky's very early compositions. He wrote it while he was still a pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov's as a contribution to the wedding festivities of Rimsky-Korsakov's daughter Sonia. At the wedding there were probably no real fireworks and it was Stravinsky's idea literally to provide a substitute, therefore his music does splutter, crackle and sparkle, just like real fireworks do. The middle of the work is a little quieter, and that might easily be representative of the usual set piece in a firework display.
; BACK TO BACH' , ', or rather the modern I equivalent to Bach's style, is Stravinsky's challenge in his Violin Concerto which is essentially polyphonic in style.
Thus for the first movement we get a brilliant Toccata, which in the words of the composer is ' carved in stone ', for the second and third two rather austere arias, and for the finale another brilliant movement in the form of a Capriccio. However, Stravinsky does away with the old ideas of thematic repetition and development, and even cadenzas, and condenses everything down to essentials. He tells us that now ' in a scholastic sense this development of the theme no longer exists, and still less repetitions . 1.. every measure is the result of an enormous condensation of thought, so that sometimes in a whole day's work I just manage to write one or two, proportions have changed, and a concerto of fifteen minutes is already a monumental work '. Stravinsky's Violin Concerto may sound at first rather harsh but there is no denying the amazing ingenuity of the mind that created the music, the chief characteristics of which are the variety and vitality of its rhythms, striking and original use of orchestral colour, and brilliant writing for the solo instrument.
Composed in 1931, this work is dedicated to the young Russian-American violinist, Samuel Dushkin , who first performed it in October of the same year.
8.20 app. Interval, including ' Programme Reflections' by Dr. J. E.


Leader: Alfred Barker
Conducted By: Stravinsky Samuel Dushkin
Violinist: Samuel Dushkin

: CONCERT (continued)

Pastorale for Violin, Wind Quartet and Pianoforte
Transcriptions for Violin and Pianoforte
I. Les Airs de Rossignol ; 2. Marche Chinois ; 3. Berceuse ; 4. Scherzo ; 5. Danse Russe
Suite from the Ballet, Oiseau de feu
(The Fire Bird)
I. Introduction - Kastchei's enchanted Garden, and Firebird's Dance ; 2. Dance of the Princesses ; 3. Infernal Dance of all the subjects of Kastchei
WHEN Diaghilev heard Stravinsky's Scherzo Fantastique in 1908 he was so impressed by its vitality and colour that he immediately commissioned him to compose the music for a ballet based on the old Russian legend of the Fire Bird. The music of the suite represents the following scenes : (1) Kastchei's enchanted garden. Prince Ivan catches the Bird of Fire. (2) The Bird purchases release from Ivan for the price of one of her jewelled feathers. (3) The thirteen princesses held captive by the magician play in the moonlight. (4) As they dance, the Prince sees them and falls in love with the fairest of them. (5) The Prince, overpowered by Kastchei and his host of strange creatures, calls the Fire Bird to his aid by means of the jewelled feather. The Bird appears and shows the Prince how the magician may be destroyed.


Unknown: When Diaghilev

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(London Regional Programme)


Unknown: Christopher Stone

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Directed by HENRY HALL
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