(Church of England) from Stranton Parish Church,
8.0 Order of Service
Invocation, God is a Spirit (Charles
Hymn, Ye holy angels bright (A. and M. 546, S.P. 701)
Lesson, Luke viii, 23-29 Psalm cxxi
Creed, Responses, and Prayers
Hymn, Eternal Father, strong to save
(A. and M 370, S.P. 336)
Address by the Rev. P. J. H. Kirner Hymn, Rejoice 0 land, in God thy might (S.P. 631)
Organist, J. E. Irvin
Rev. P. J. H.
Leader, H. S. CROPPER
Conductor, LOUIS COHEN
ISOBEL BAILLIE (soprano) from St. George's Hall, Liverpool
Beethoven composed an overture and some incidental music to Goethe's play Egmont. ' The overture ', says Scott Goddard in a recent article in THE Radio Times, ' illustrates the play as much or as little as the hearer may wish it to do. Like all great abstract music it stands free and unsupported. Nevertheless it bears the name of a famous figure of history and forms one of a series of movements designed to illustrate the development of a play '. The overture is intended to prepare the minds of the audience for what is about to happen on the stage. The play is tragic and so is Beethoven's music.
It is a curious fact that Mendelssohn complained that the ' Italian ' Symphony, completed in 1831, cost him some of the bitterest moments in his life, and in consequence it was not published until after his death, in 1847. Yet it is one of his finest works, perfect in workmanship and full of melodic charm and vital energy. We may ' safely conclude ', says Sir Donald Tovey , ' that Mendelssohn's own dissatisfaction with the " Italian Symphony " is rather an objection to the laws of human growth than the recognition of defects that self-criticism and revision can remedy. Certainly in the first three movements every bar and every note is in the right place, except for one tiny oversight in the slow movement which only a mistaken piety would leave uncorrected. As to the finale, no defect is discoverable ; but we can imagine that Mendelssohn could have wished to broaden its design towards the end '. Despite the excellence of this last movement, Mendelssohn had intended to revise it.
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