The Augmented Wireless Military Band
Conducted by Lieut. B. Walton O'Donnell, R.M.
Isabel I'Anson (Soprano)
Robert Easton (Bass)
This is one of the most exhilarating pieces of music ever written. Its themes are taken from Berlioz's Opera Benvenuto Cellini, which was produced in 1838 but was not a great success as a whole.
Among the leading Composers of the day who have turned their attention to the Military Band is Holst, who has written two delightfully tuneful Suites for this medium. The Second of these is made up of four separate pieces. Most of the tunes in them are old English. The First piece is a lively, swinging March.
Two old tunes appear in this-those of Swansea Town and Claudy Banks. The Second is a pensive Song without Words.
The tune is I'll love my love. The Third is the bluff Song of the Blacksmith.
The anvil is very aggressive. The Fourth is an exhilarating Fantasia on The Dargason, and introduces the fine old tune Greensleeves.
THIS piece was composed for performance by the massed Bands at Wembley on Empire Day two years ago. It is built upon a number of somewhat unfamiliar tunes, the first of which, Tadg bui (Yellow Tim) was taken down by the Composer from a singer of folk-songs in County Cork. An Antrim tune, and snatches of The Green Ribbon, lead to the appearance, as a Euphonium solo, of Along the Ocean Shore. The Clarinets next start a 'Chorus Jig,' and a Pipers' Dance is heard a little later. Two more tunes are used, and then the last section is made out of two Reels.