Conducted by S. ARNOLD
Overture, Ruy Bias
Mendelssohn, arr. M. Retford
The overture to Ruy Bias , Victor Hugo 's drama of that name, was written by Mendelssohn when he was thirty and at the height of his powers. He disliked the play and said so, but he composed the overture simply because the proceeds of the concert at which it was to be played were to be devoted to the Widows' Fund of the orchestra. Mendelssohn himself refused to call it anything else hut the Overture to the Dramatic Fund. In view of the fact that it is admittedly one of the most brilliant of his orchestral works, it seems hardly credible, but none the less true, that the whole thing was composed literally in a few hours.
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