by Meirion Williams
Meirion Williams is a native of Merionethshire. She received her early musical education at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, under Sir Walford Davies , with whom she studied harmony and counterpoint, and under Stephen Evans for pianoforte. Later she entered the Royal Academy to study pianoforte under the late Carlo Albanesi and Edgar Carr , harmony under Paul Corder , and accompaniment under Welton Hickin. She gained silver and bronze medals, together with a certificate of merit, and left with the degree of L.R.A.M. Frequently she has served as accompanist to many well-known singers, and has conducted the St. David's Singers, a well-known London-Welsh combination, who broadcast last Sunday in the Welsh programme.
by Olga Jones (violin) and Hywel Hughes (pianoforte)
In the summer of 1801, Beethoven, living happily in the country, as he loved to do, was able to complete seven or eight works, The Mount of Olives, a string quartet, several pianoforte sonatas, and two for violin and pianoforte, of which this in F (his Op. 24) was one. It is often called the ' Spring' sonata, because of its grace and serenity.
It has four contrasted movements, the first bubbling with happiness, the second a gracious little meditation, the third a flashing tiny thing — just a twinkling bit of gaiety, and the last a robust rondo, full of good humour and containing some neat syncopation.
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